A former Manitoba director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business will be the odds-on favourite to represent the constituency of Morris in the Manitoba legislature once a byelection is called.
Shannon Martin received the nomination at a meeting in Oak Bluff on Monday evening. He was unopposed.
The Morris seat has been vacant since February when Mavis Taillieu, a 10-year Progressive Conservative MLA, announced her retirement. Martin, a longtime party member, announced his candidacy just days later.
No one challenged him for the nomination, even though the Conservatives won Morris by close to 4,200 votes over the NDP in the 2011 general election.
PC Leader Brian Pallister said he would have liked to have seen a contested nomination, but he said the fact that a good, well-organized candidate emerged early likely prevented others from seeking the nomination.
Christopher Adams, a political scientist at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, said it is "a little bit surprising" that the nomination was not contested. Yet he agreed with Pallister’s assessment.
"I would think that it’s probably a sign of how well recognized Shannon Martin is in the area and how people see him as a strong candidate to represent the riding," Adams said.