08/21/2014 12:26 EDT | Updated 10/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan Liberals get new leader; Darrin Lamoureux acclaimed to job

REGINA - The Saskatchewan Liberal Party has acclaimed a new leader.

Regina resident Darrin Lamoureux was the sole candidate when nominations closed Aug. 8.

He is to be confirmed as leader at the party’s annual general meeting this fall in Regina.

Lamoureux says he wants to bring a fresh voice to Saskatchewan's political scene and present a Liberal alternative to voters in the next election, which is expected in April 2016.

The Liberals have not won a seat in the provincial legislature since the 1999 election.

The party has been functioning under interim leaders, including Lamoureux, since March 2012.

Lamoureux, who works in the construction industry, will have work to do rebuilding the party.

"I deeply appreciate the support shown by the executive and Liberal membership to have me lead the party into the next election," he said in a news release Thursday.

"The people of Saskatchewan are in need of a party that is willing to stand up to the Wall government and hold the Sask. Party accountable for the mismanagement of their tax dollars. This government has had a free ride for far too long, along with an NDP opposition unable to hold them accountable for their mistakes."