01/21/2016 10:10 EST | Updated 01/21/2017 00:12 EST

First contender enters leadership race for N.B. Progressive Conservatives

FREDERICTON — The race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative party in New Brunswick has its first candidate.

Brian Macdonald, the member for the riding of Fredericton West-Hanwell, says he wants to fight for lower taxes and promote resource development.

Macdonald was first elected to the legislature in 2010.

He is a former army officer and a military advisor for the Department of National Defence.

Bruce Fitch has been serving as interim leader since David Alward stepped aside after the party lost to the Liberals in the 2014 provincial election.

Party officials will meet on Jan. 30 to set a date for a leadership convention.

The Canadian Press