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Kelowna MLA announces he won't seek re-election

Steve Thomson will not seek re-election.

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson will not be seeking re-election.

“Today I want to thank my family, colleagues, constituents, and volunteers who have supported me since I first ran to become a Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia," Thomson said in a statement released today, Dec. 9.

“Serving as the MLA for Kelowna-Mission has been the experience of a lifetime and an absolute honour. However, I have decided that I will not be standing for re-election in the next provincial election. It is now time to pass the torch to the next generation of leadership in Kelowna-Mission."

Thomson said having served as a government Minister, a member of the Treasury Board, and even briefly as Speaker of the House, he looks forward to sharing everything he has learned in over a decade in politics with those who will put their names forward to seek to represent this great community.

“Thank you again to everyone who supported or accompanied me on this incredible journey," Thomson said.

"It has been an honour to serve the people of Kelowna-Mission all these years. I look forward to continuing to work hard for the community and for the province until the next election and beyond.”

News of the three-term MLA stepping down isn't exactly surprising.

In early 2018, Thomson had triple bypass cardiac surgery.


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