Gibbons considering provincial run, Bradbury wants to represent Humber East

Diane Crocker dcrocker@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 26, 2014

Denise Gibbons hasn’t made a decision yet, but she’s considering running for the Liberals in the 2015 provincial election.

Gibbons, wife of federal MP Gerry Byrne, grew up in a political life.

“And I have expressed some interest in public service. I certainly see the value in it,” she said.

But the decision to run or not will be a family one that will be made over the next couple of months, Gibbons said.

Byrne, MP for Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte, is considering making the switch from federal to provincial politics and has already indicated his interest in running in Humber West.

That’s the district Gibbons grew up in and the same one she’d be interested in representing.

“I’m very much encouraging her,” said Byrne who added he thinks his wife would make a fantastic MHA. “But we both agree as a family, one of us in provincial politics would be enough,” he said.

“One way or another you’ll probably see a member of the Byrne-Gibbons family on the provincial ballot in the fall of 2015 or earlier,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shawn Bradbury, a teacher at Corner Brook Regional High, plans to seek the Liberal nomination in Humber East.

“I’m very excited about it,” he said “There’s so much potential in the area and so many good things happening in the province. Now’s the time for a change.”

Bradbury said support for his bid has been growing since he made a decision to run on Monday.

Businessness woman Donna Thistle announced in March that she also plans to seek the Liberal nomination in Humber East.