Harbour Grace native Jamie Korab has announced his intention to run as a councilor for Ward 3 in the St. John’s municipal election coming up in September.
That seat is currently held by Bruce Tilley, who’s serving his second consecutive term in the position, but has been involved with St. John’s council since 1981 when he also began a two-term stint as Ward 3 councilor. During the 2013 election, lawyer and super-mom Sarah Colborne-Penney looked like a promising candidate to bring some fresh perspective to the council but lost to Tilley by about 300 votes.
Korab is well-known as a curler and was the lead for the gold medal-winning Canadian men’s team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In recent years, he’s stepped back from full-time curling, spending more time with his family and working as a real-estate agent with RE/MAX. In 2013, Korab expressed interest in entering politics and planned a run as the Liberal nominee in the district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, but those plans never materialized.
Can Jamie Korab take the seat in Ward 3? With only 300 votes keeping a fresh face out of Ward 3 during the last election, perhaps Korab has what it takes to win. He’s well-known in the province for his community and volunteer work and was even inducted into the Order of Newfoundland. During his announcement speech, Korab indicated that he and his family are long-time residents of Ward 3.
At the time of writing, no other candidates had yet come forward for Ward 3.
Official candidate nominations take place August 22-29, 2017 and the election happens in September. For more details see the City of St. John’s website. Korab’s official campaign website can be found at http://www.jamiekorab.ca/