May 16, 2014 5:32 pm

UPDATE: Jim Prentice an official candidate in PC leadership race

UPDATE: Jim Prentice handed in his official nomination papers on Friday morning.

CALGARY- Former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice appears set to formally declare he’s running for the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives.

The first hint Prentice will declare soon came Thursday, the first official day of the leadership race, via Twitter.

The only other candidate so far is Calgary MLA Ric McIver who, like Prentice, picked up nomination papers Thursday morning.

A series of potential candidates, including Ken Hughes and Jonathan Denis, dropped out after learning Prentice was interested in the party’s top job.

Prentice is a lawyer, who previously served as a MP and cabinet minister under the Harper government. Since stepping away from politics, he has worked for CIBC and been involved in the Northern Gateway project.

There’s speculation Prentice could seek the Tory nomination in the riding of Calgary Foothills, which is currently represented by MLA Len Webber. Webber plans to seek the federal Conservative nomination in the newly created riding of Calgary Confederation.

Alberta’s PC party will elect a new leader in September.

 

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