After being the face of Moose Jaw North for well over a decade, Warren Michelson made a tough decision.
The current MLA for Moose Jaw North announced on Monday afternoon that he will not be throwing his hat in the ring for the upcoming 2020 Provincial election.
"The time is right to step aside and let other ideas and other people come forward," explained Michelson. "I think I'm very proud of the advancements the province has made, and the things that have taken place here in Moose Jaw over the past 11 years while I was in office."
He began provincial politics back in 2007 when he was first elected. Following that Michelson saw victory again in 2011 and 2016, winning with 60% of the vote in his last provincial election.
Talking to the leader of Saskatchewan about his decision was one of the biggest challenges he's faced since making his choice according to Michelson. But he added that the Premier was quick to thank him for the work and service he gave to local residents and people across Saskatchewan.
"One of the hardest conversations I had was when I talked to Premier Scott Moe, and said I've made the decision not to run again - that was very difficult. When you look at the province and where the province has advanced in the last 11 years, I can't see myself not being involved in some aspect because of the momentum we've got and all the amenities and the good things about Saskatchewan. We want to keep promoting them and we want to keep moving forward. There's so much there we've got to build on; we've got to keep going and do bigger and better things."
In a written release the Premier said, "Warren has been a part of the Saskatchewan Party Government since day one. Warren gave urban Saskatchewan a strong voice by taking a riding long held by the NDP. It's been a pleasure being able to work alongside you in the house and on behalf of all your colleagues, we wish you well in what comes next. Thank you, Warren."