Liberals Nominate Bob Axworthy in Fort Whyte Byelection

Bob Axworthy (right), alongside Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard, announces his candidacy to run in the Fort Whyte byelection during a news conference on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (LAUREN PARSONS / METRO WINNIPEG)

The Manitoba Liberals will run candidate Bob Axworthy in the upcoming byelection in the constituency of Fort Whyte.

Axworthy, the brother of former politician and current University of Winnipeg president Lloyd Axworthy, formally announced his candidacy during a news conference Wednesday morning.

“First and foremost, I will run on my principles,” Axworthy said. “I believe that the residents of Fort Whyte deserve a better choice. We as a community have an equal responsibility to not only one another as friends and neighbours, but a responsibility to those in Manitoba who are less fortunate and are looking for better leadership.”

Axworthy has lived with his wife and family in the Whyte Ridge neighbourhood for more than thirteen years.

The NDP has candidate Brandy Schmidt in the riding, while the Progressive Conservatives have newly-elected party leader Brian Pallister.

The byelection is September 4.