Okanagan-Shuswap MP won’t seek re-election

Colin Mayes' name will not be on the 2015 federal ballot

Colin Mayes will not seek re-election as Okanagan-Shuswap MP in 2015.

Colin Mayes will not seek re-election as Okanagan-Shuswap MP in 2015.

Okanagan-Shuswap’s longtime MP is preparing to retire.

Colin Mayes announced to Conservative members in Enderby Saturday that he will not run for federal office again.

“By the time the election rolls around in the fall of 2015, I will have served the riding for almost 10 years,” he said in a release.

“After speaking with my family and close friends, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2015.  This has been a difficult decision for me but at this point in my life I believe it is time to move on and spend time in the beautiful Okanagan-Shuswap that I love.”

Mayes says he’s confident local Conservatives will choose the party’s candidate wisely.

“Being an MP is not an easy job.  In our riding, we have a total of about 121,000 constituents who are all my employers, many with differing views on issues. It is challenging to please everyone but I want you to know I have heard your voices and read all your concerns sent by e-mail or letter and strive to find and support the consensus,” he said.

“I will continue to serve with the same energy that I exercised when I was first elected until my current term has ended in October of 2015.”