Andrew Parsons, son of outgoing Burgeo-La Poile MHA Kelvin Parsons, announced he is seeking the liberal nomination in the riding.
“I’ve had an interest for a number of years and I feel now is the right time to put my name forward to represent the district,” said Mr. Parsons.
Nominations close on Wednesday at noon. If he has any challengers, the party will announce a time and place for nomination meetings. If he is the only person to submit, it is likely his name will go on the ballot this October.
Mr. Parsons has a law practice in Port aux Basques and is involved in many community groups.
He has served as president of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association, president of the Port aux Basques and Area Chamber of Commerce, and sat on the board of the LeGrow Hospital Foundation among other things.
Raised in Port aux Basques, Mr. Parsons moved away for post-secondary education but moved back to start his law practice. He said being involved in community organizations was one of his favourite things about moving back home.
“I feel representing the entire community is just taking that another step,” he said.
Mr. Parsons knows he might get some criticism from voters because he is seeking the job his father left behind. He doesn’t see that as an issue.
“At the end of the day, it’s the people of the district who will decide who they want in,” said Mr. Parsons. “I feel I’ve got a lot to offer. It’s got nothing to do with who was there before. I have some positive ideas and attributes that I can bring.”