05/25/2012 04:20 EDT | Updated 07/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Former New Brunswick premier endorses candidate in Liberal leadership race

MONCTON, N.B. - Former New Brunswick premier Ray Frenette has thrown his support behind Moncton lawyer Brian Gallant, one of three candidates vying for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party.

Frenette succeeded Frank McKenna as premier when McKenna stepped down and the Liberal party required an interim leader.

He served as premier for seven months until Camille Theriault won the Liberal leadership race in May 1998.

Frenette says Gallant has what it takes to be the next premier of New Brunswick.

There are two other candidates in the leadership race: farmer Nick Duivenvoorden and Moncton lawyer Mike Murphy, who served in the cabinet of former premier Shawn Graham.

The leadership convention is at the end of October.