With an early election a near certainty the nominations for Liberal candidates in ridings across the province are filling up fast.
Leader in waiting Wade MacLauchlan’s name is notably absent from the list.
As of Feb. 21 MacLauchlan will officially become the Liberal leader and by default the premier.
He also won’t have a seat in the legislature and hasn’t declared where he plans to run.
If he were to run in his home riding MacLauchlan would seek a seat in York-Oyster Bed, but the problem is that district already has a nominated candidate.
Transportation Minister Robert Vessey, who is also one of MacLauchlan’s campaign chairs, holds the seat and received the nomination way back in May 2014.
He was the first candidate the party nominated for the next election.
That means MacLauchlan would lose a prominent cabinet minister as a candidate if he wants to run in his home riding.
So what are his other options?
Unless more MLAs say they won’t run again the only district without a candidate is Cornwall-Meadowbank, thanks to Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley deciding not to re-offer.
MacLauchlan has been playing his cards close to his chest so we’ll all have to wait and see what he wants to do.
But with a spring election likely on the horizon we’ll probably find out sooner rather than later.