09/27/2012 02:25 EDT | Updated 11/27/2012 05:12 EST

19,000 people registered to vote for New Brunswick Liberal leadership

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick Liberals say a record number of people will help choose their party's next leader.

The party has issued a statement saying about 19,000 people have registered to vote during their leadership convention in Moncton on Oct. 27.

The leadership contenders are farmer Nick Duivenvoorden (Dy-ven-vor-den), Moncton lawyer Brian Gallant and Moncton lawyer Mike Murphy, who served in the cabinet of former premier Shawn Graham.

Victor Boudreau has served as interim leader of the party since November 2010, when Graham resigned as leader after his party's defeat at the polls.

That loss marked the first time since Confederation that a New Brunswick government failed to win a second consecutive mandate.