Red Deer South MLA Cal Dallas announced today that he will not seek a third term in the legislature.
The Progressive Conservative MLA has served as parliamentary assistant for environment, junior cabinet minister for finance and enterprise, and most recently legislative secretary for intergovernmental relations.
“It’s not a job. It’s not a career. It’s public service. I’ve done the very best that I could, and there’s always unfinished business, but this is the time to create new opportunities for representation for Red Deer,” said Dallas, 58, following his constituency board meeting on Friday morning at the Black Knight Inn.
Dallas was the executive director of the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce when first elected to the legislature in 2008.
This means Red Deer will be represented by two new MLAs in the next provincial election.
On Monday, Red Deer North MLA Mary Anne Jablonski announced she is stepping down after serving five terms.
“What I’ve got a real strong sense of is we’re going to have a very, very robust competition in both Red Deer North and Red Deer South,” Dallas said. “The very best in our community are going to step forward in a nomination process that I realized in 2007 was very thorough and is a very healthy process in terms of the Progressive Conservative Party.”