The Dauphin Constituency will have a new MLA come October, as Brad Michaleski has announced he won't be seeking re-election this fall.
Michaleski has served in politics for 15 years, including as Dauphin MLA for the past seven. He says it's the right time to step down, and he's looking forward to spending more time with his family.
"I've tried my best to represent the region, whether it's been in municipal or in provincial. It's just time for me and my family to step back from the public role."
Michaleski was first elected as the Dauphin MLA in 2016 and says he's really appreciated his time in politics.
"I wanna say thank you to everybody that voted for me and supported me, whether its been in a municipal election or provincial, it has been an extreme honour and privilege to serve as MLA."
Michaleski says he's thankful for all of the experience he's gained, and everyone he's had the pleasure of working with over the past 15 years.
"Both of those roles, whether it's local government or provincial, you learn so much. You end up meeting some pretty great people, and as MLA or as councilor you're dealing with a wide range of topics."
During his time as MLA Michaleski has had the opportunity to be involved with all 14 different departments at the provincial level, and he says it's been an incredible learning experience.
"I've had the opportunity to work with a very, very skilled group with the government. I've had a good working relationship with the government and the ministers, and the takeaway that I'd have, is we've had a strong representation for the regional issues that we have."
Michaleski is the 12th PC MLA who has announced they won't be seeking re-election in October.
"I know there's a lot of people from all parties that won't be seeking re-election, and I guess I'm one of them now, and I just have to say thank you to all of them. A lot of them have spent years working in public service, representing their constituents, and the people that voted them in."
He joins Agassiz MLA Eileen Clarke, Spruce Woods MLA Cliff Cullen, Brandon West MLA Reg Helwer, Portage la Prairie MLA Ian Wishart, Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiere, Roblin MLA Myrna Driedger, Kildonan-River East MLA Cathy Cox, Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler, Midland MLA Blaine Pedersen, McPhillips MLA Shannon Martin, and La Verendrye MLA Dennis Smook.