Lambton-Kent-Middlesex byelection May 2

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And they’re off.

The provincial government says voters in Lambton-Kent-Middlesex will choose a new Member of Provincial Parliament May 2.

The seat became vacant when long-serving Conservative MPP and Cabinet Minister Monte McNaughton stepped down in September to take a job with Woodbine Entertainment.

Four of the five parties have chosen their candidates for the byelection. Chatham-Kent Councillor Steve Pinsonneault carries the Progressive Conservative banner, Cathy Burghart-Jesson, the current mayor of Lucan Biddulph and former warden of Middlesex County is running for the Liberals. Former post secondary educator and administrator Kathy Schailer of Alvinston is the NDP’s candidate and Keith Benn, a geologists from the Wallaceburg area is the New Blue Candidate.

The province also announced a byelection in Milton. It’s widely expected that Ontario Liberal Leader Bonnie Crombie will seek that seat.