Kenora-Rainy River’s longtime MPP Howard Hampton will not be seeking re-election.
“I have thought about this for some time, and I have finally made my decision”, stated Hampton in a press release announcing his intentions not to run in this fall’s provincial election.
“After 24 years as a member of the Ontario Legislature it is time for me to do some other things in life,” he added.
“The 24 years I have spent representing the constituents of Kenora-Rainy River has been a privilege and I can’t thank the people of Northwestern Ontario enough for their continued support over the years,” said Hampton.
Hampton was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1987.
He served as Cabinet Minister in the NDP Government from 1990-1995, first as the Attorney General and then as the Minister of Natural Resources.
From June 1996 to March 2009, he was leader of the Ontario NDP.
As of this morning, only Sarah Campbell has filed papers to seek the NDP nomination to run in the upcoming election.
Campbell has worked for the last eight years in Hampton’s Dryden office and is currently the Oxdrift representative for the Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) and DoKURA (District of Kenora Unincorporated Ratepayers Association).
Meanwhile, current Emo councillor Anthony Leek has been the only candidate to file papers so far to seek nomination for the Liberal Party in this riding.
This nomination is set to be confirmed at the party’s Candidate Nomination Convention slated for 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The local Conservative riding hasn’t announced any candidates yet.