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Long time MLA, Murray Coell decides not to run in 2012 election

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 12th, 2012

The second Liberal MLA has decided not to run in the 2012 general election.

Murray Coell, a long-time public figure in British Columbia politics, announced he will not seek a fifth term as MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.

“It has been my honour to serve the people of Saanich North and the Islands for the past 16 years,” said Coell on his website.

“I will be leaving this post with a deep appreciation of the strength and vibrancy of the communities that make up this riding, and the generosity and involvement of its citizens.  

“Whether it is new recreation facilities, seniors housing, parks or educational facilities, I have been privileged to partner with the communities of the Peninsula and the southern Gulf Islands to improve our communities.”

Coell began his public service career in 1984 as a Saanich Councillor, and subsequently served as Saanich Mayor for six years before being elected to the BC Legislature in 1996. 

He was re-elected in 2001, 2005, and 2009.  During that time, he served in cabinet for ten years, as Minister of Advanced Education, Labour, Community Aboriginal and Women’s Services, Human Resources, and Environment.

Monday, Dave Hayer of Surrey-Tynehead announced he is stepping down after 11 years.

Hayer and Coell join fellow Liberal MLAs Kevin Krueger and Kash Heed in the “not running” category.

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