09/24/2013 05:35 EDT | Updated 11/24/2013 05:12 EST

Former Nova Scotia politician Trevor Zinck not running in provincial election

HALIFAX - Former Nova Scotia politician Trevor Zinck is not running in the provincial election despite saying last month he was planning to run in the Dartmouth area of Halifax.

Zinck pleaded guilty in June to fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust for his role in the province's constituency allowance spending scandal.

Zinck, who sat as an Independent, initially refused to quit politics following his guilty plea but resigned after the Speaker announced the legislature would be recalled to deal with his possible expulsion.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Elections Nova Scotia says the Liberals, NDP and Progressive Conservatives each have candidates running in all of the province's 51 ridings.

There are also 16 people running for the Greens and seven Independent candidates.