Greg Kelley tapped to run for Liberals in father's longtime riding
Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 10:22PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:43PM EDT
The Liberals are keeping it in the family as they try and retain the Jacques-Cartier riding.
On Tuesday, sources CTV Montreal learned that Greg Kelley, son of outgoing MNA Geoff Kelley, will run in place of his father, who announced in June he would not seek re-election.
The senior Kelley has represented the West Island riding in the National Assembly since 1994.
NEW: Sources tell @CTVMontreal Greg Kelley (@gharperkelley) has been chosen to run for the Liberals in Jacques-Cartier. His father, @MNAgeoffkelley, announced in June he would not seek re-election. Geoff Kelley has held the riding since 1994. #assnat #polqc #qc2018— Maya Johnson (@MJohnsonCTV) August 22, 2018
On Wednesday, the party made the nomination official. Premier Philippe Couillard said that while the younger Kelley didn't get the nomination solely because of his father, the family connection didn't negatively impact him.
Greg Kelley has worked as a political advisor since 2014, and is a graduate of both McGill and the University of Montreal. He has also served as an advisor to Kathleen Weil, the minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.
Only once since 1939 have voters in Jacques-Cartier elected a non-Liberal candidate to the National Assembly.