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Two PC MLAs have so far said they won't seek reelection.
Agassiz MLA Stu Briese gave notice in June and Riding Mountain MLA Leanne Rowat followed him earlier this month.
For the 68-year-old Briese, first elected in 2007, it was about slowing down.
For Rowat, she says she's moved further away from Winnipeg and that the road trips to the legislature are becoming a bit of a grind. She was first elected in 2003.
"I just decided to explore other options," she said.
Briese and Rowat were preceded by former Morris PC MLA Mavis Taillieu, who stepped down in February 2013 after 10 years in office. She was replaced by Tory Shannon Martin in a by-election.
There are rumblings at least two other PC MLAs may announce that they won't seek reelection when we head back to the polls, which appears to be April 19, 2016.
To date there's only been one NDP MLA to step down. Frank Whitehead, who had represented The Pas since 2009, resigned in May for health and family reasons. If there are any other NDP MLAs not running again, they're holding their cards close to the vest if not under the table.
The waiting game for who's not running again will likely stretch into the new year, although some party organizers would want a decision from a sitting MLA to be made sooner than later to give enough time to recruit new candidates and hold nomination meetings.
The PCs under Brian Pallister have recently nominated two candidates, outgoing city councillor Scott Fielding in Kirkfield Park and James Teitsma in Radisson. Both were acclaimed.
In June, Winnipeg Beach resident Jeff Wharton was acclaimed as the PC candidate in Gimli.
The challenge for Pallister in the absence of Taillieu and Rowat is recruiting more women, not an easy task.
Right now the only female PC MLAs are Myrna Driedger, Bonnie Mitchelson and Heather Stefanson.
You only have to look at the number of women running in the civic election to see how challenging it is to elect more women to public office.
Paula Havixbeck and Judy Wasylycia-Leis are two of seven candidates for the mayor's job.
In the wards, there are only nine women running for council out of 58 candidates.
If Pallister and the PCs want to capture more seats in Winnipeg, to form the next government, it goes without saying they need to appeal to a wider range of voters.
Rochelle Squires, who beat Nancy Cooke for the PC nomination in Riel in June, is a good start, but that's all that it is.
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