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08/11/2015 17:46 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

Some facts and figures about the federal riding of Avalon

CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — Things to know about the Avalon riding:

Worth watching: The riding southwest of St. John's is held by Independent MP Scott Andrews, who was ejected from the Liberal caucus in March for alleged sexual misconduct. Andrews says the allegations were never substantiated. His main challenger was expected to be lawyer Ches Crosbie, but the Conservatives dumped him as a candidate in July with no explanation.

Population: 78,908 including the communities of Conception Bay South, Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Placentia, Harbour Grace and Holyrood.

Incumbent: Independent MP Scott Andrews. Prior to politics, Andrews worked within government departments for 12 years. He also worked as executive director of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and as a municipal councillor. 

Main challengers: Liberal Ken McDonald, former owner of an appliance repair shop and mayor of Conception Bay South, the second-largest municipality in the province. Green party candidate Krista Byrne-Puumala describes herself as an environmental practitioner in training with Eco-Canada. She is the author of the forthcoming book "Farming The Rock" and a director of Sustainable Energies Inc.

Election history: Andrews has held the riding since 2008, twice beating Conservative Fabian Manning, a Tory-appointed senator. The seat, once known as St. John's-West, was held by Progressive Conservative legend John Crosbie between 1976 and 1993. Since then, the riding has switched between the Liberals and Tories. 

Fun Fact: Ches Crosbie is the son of outspoken former cabinet minister John Crosbie. The senior Crosbie has said his son's rejection by the Tories was the result of some jokes made at the prime minister's expense during a spring fundraiser.

The Canadian Press