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MLA Borotsik won't seek re-election

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Rick Borotsik, PC MLA for Brandon West, will not seek re-election in October 2011.

Borotsik, who was first elected to public office in 1978, said in a statement he wants to focus on family.

"After much soul searching, deliberation and discussion with my wife and family, I have decided not to run in the next election," Borotsik said. "I have enjoyed my time with the Manitoba PC Caucus tremendously. Hugh McFadyen has done an amazing job as leader and I look forward to serving with him until the end of my term in 2011."

Borotsik will serve Brandon West MLA until the Oct. 4 election.

Borotsik was first elected to public office in 1978 as a councillor for the University Ward.

He was next elected mayor of the City of Brandon in 1989 and served in that job until he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris in 1997, serving until 2004.

In 2007, Borotsik was elected MLA for Brandon West. Since that time he has served in the Official Opposition with portfolios ranging from Finance to Manitoba Hydro, Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade and Innovation, Energy and Mines.

"Rick has made a very positive contribution to our party and our Caucus," Manitoba PC Party Leader Hugh McFadyen said. "Anyone who knows Rick understands how much personal energy and dynamism he brings to the table. From city hall, to Parliament Hill, to the Manitoba Legislature, he has been a passionate advocate for his constituents. I wish him the very best in his retirement from public service."

The PC Party does not have anyone immediately to fill Borotsik’s shoes.

Meanwhile, the PCs will hold its Portage la Prairie nomination meeting on Monday, Dec. 20 at the Canad Inns Destination Centre in Portage.

Ian Wishart will be acclaimed as the PC nominee for Portage la Prairie in the next general election. Wishart formerly served as the president of the Manitoba Keystone Agriculture Producers.

Besides Borotsik, longtime PC MLAs David Faurschou (Portage la Prairie) and Peter George Dyck (Pembina) have also said they will not seek re-election.

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Updated on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM CST: added more detail.

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