MLA Norm MacDonald overlooking Golden with current Town CAO Jon Wilsgard in October of 2005

MLA Norm Macdonald announces he won’t seek another term

Macdonald has decided to end his political career at the end of his current term as the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke.

After 11 years serving the people of Columbia River-Revelstoke, as well as many years before that serving Golden as Mayor, MLA Norm Macdonald has decided it is time for his political career to come to a close.

He has decided that he will not seek re-election next spring. Instead he will be returning to his first passion, teaching.

“I really enjoy teaching,” he said. “In fact, when people ask me what I do, I still say I’m a teacher.”

At age 58 Macdonald has decided that he can’t push it back any further if he wants to end his working life as an educator. With a year still left in public office, Macdonald has not yet had time to reflect too much on his long political career.

“I still have a year left to go, so my main thing right now is finding someone to take the nomination,” he said. “As MLA, my staff and I have been able to assist so many people, often at the most difficult times in their lives, and that is very, very important work. But I feel it is time for someone younger, with more years to give, to take on the position of MLA in 2017.”

Even though politics won’t be in his life in any official capacity, Macdonald recognizes that being civically active will always be important to him.

“Before running myself, I was always involved in campaigns,” he said. “I’ve always thought that was very important, and I will continue to do that.”

For rural communities, like those that make up Columbia River-Revelstoke, having a voice in Victoria for residents has always been Macdonald’s main focus.

“It’s important not to be just a mouth piece.”

Macdonald is expecting a vigorous nomination contest to replace him as the NDP candidate, including a range of candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

It’s far too early to make any predictions regarding the election’s outcome, but Macdonald says he is always optimistic.

“You never know how things are going to unfold, but as always I’m optimistic,” he said. “There’s such a sense of community in rural towns, and that impacts the way campaigns are run. We all know each other, and want to make sure everyone will be looked after.”

 

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