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Christy Clark set to enter Lib race, but may be in already

Christy Clark has two announcements planned tomorrow morning, but the Liberal Party website already has her in the race to replace exiting Premier Gordon Campbell.

An update on Clark's website says, “Just over a week ago I told you I was seriously considering a run for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.

“I want you to be the first to know that I will be making an announcement on my future at 8:30am on December 8 on CKNW and will appear in person at the Segal School @ 500 Granville Street in Vancouver at 8:35am.”

Meanwhile, an email from Liberal caucus communications staffer Shane Mills--writing from a address--confirms the 8:30 a.m. announcement.

But already the Liberal Party's website includes Clark in a list of leadership candidates, along with Mike de Jong, George Abbott, Kevin Falcon and Moira Stilwell. The list appears when new members sign up for the party, allowing the various campaigns to track how many people they've attracted.

“Each candidate who has officially entered the race--and paid their $25,000 deposit--now gets listed as a choice when people sign up,” writes the Vancouver Sun's Jonathan Fowlie. “The fact Clark is on that list today . . . suggests she has already filed her papers and paid her deposit.”

Clark was a Liberal MLA and cabinet minister who chose not to run in 2005. She is the host of a talk radio show.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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