The Liberals have chosen an educator to run in Saint John Portland and challenge longtime incumbant M-L-A and provincial cabinet minister Trevor Holder.
Micheal Butler has worked as a teacher, principal and is the former Superintendent of the District 8 schoolboard.
He tells CHSJ News too many students are graduating from high school without the skills they need to succeed.
Butler says all employers want from young people leaving school are is basic literacy skills which give them the ability to learn along with the desire to be lifelong learners.
He also points out the riding hasn't really benefited from Holder's representation when you consider there's one neighbourhood in the riding that has a child poverty rate of 77 per cent.