May 9, 2014 6:20 pm

More PC leadership hopefuls set to announce campaigns in coming weeks

Former Conservative federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice is shown during an interview in Ottawa on Monday, November 19, 2012. A source working with Jim Prentice confirms the former federal cabinet minister is putting together a team to make a bid for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Fred Chartrand, The Canadian Press

CALGARY- Hot on the heels of a huge fundraising event, there is speculation more PC leadership hopefuls will officially put their names into the race.

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Former MP Jim Prentice is poised to go for the job, which was vacated when former premier Alison Redford stepped down in March. He helped sell many of the 1,800 seats at Thursday’s dinner, but remains coy on when he would announce his intentions.

“Stay tuned, but it’s going to be an exciting time,” he told Global News. “We are talking shortly, so stay tuned and when I start you’ll know it.”

Sources close to his campaign team say they are looking at the week after the May long weekend—which will be busy, with another leadership candidate expected to launch their campaign the same week.

Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk told supporters he plans to run for the job, and could be the only candidate from northern Alberta.

Dave Hancock is currently serving as interim premier. While he won’t be going for the top job, he says he plans to run again as an MLA.

“I have always planned to and I don’t see any reason why that would change, unless a new leader thinks that I might get in the way,” he says. “I am always happy to work with a new leader.”

PC party members will vote for a new leader in September.

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