03/18/2014 01:49 EDT | Updated 05/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Three candidates get OK to run for Newfoundland and Labrador Tory leadership

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The field in the race to be leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party has officially been set.

The party says Wayne Bennett, a town councillor in Howley, has been accredited as a candidate.

He joins businessmen Frank Coleman and Bill Barry in the race.

Delegates will elect a new leader at a two-day convention in St. John's that starts July 4.

Kathy Dunderdale resigned as premier and leader of the party in January and was replaced on an interim basis by Tom Marshall.