Three more Liberal MPPs are being wooed to follow in the footsteps of George Smitherman and Jim Watson and run municipally this fall, the Toronto Star has learned.

Liberal MPPs Aileen Carroll (Barrie), Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls), and Kevin Flynn (Oakville) are being encouraged to contest mayoral elections Oct. 25.

Carroll insisted she’s “absolutely not running for mayor” of Barrie, though she conceded there has been talk on the “grapevine.”

Craitor, who caused a stir last week when he popped by Niagara Falls city hall to pick up some nomination papers to run municipally, was more circumspect.

“I just stopped in to city hall to look at the papers and had a private conversation and then all of a sudden it’s this huge story,” the affable MPP said in an interview yesterday.

Flynn did not return calls or emails seeking comment.

The machinations in the Liberal caucus are not going unnoticed. A senior Progressive Conservative official confirmed yesterday the party has “been tracking all three ridings for months” with an eye to luring good byelection candidates in potentially winnable seats.

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