PERTH-WELLINGTON – Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece will not seek re-election to the provincial legislature in 2022.
In a statement on Wednesday, Pettapiece said it was a difficult decision to make.
“It was a difficult decision because, despite the challenges of political life, I truly enjoy the job. I enjoy representing and promoting the communities in every part of our riding. I appreciate the constituents, colleagues and friends I have met over the years,” he said.
Pettapiece, who turned 73 this month, said the hours of a fill-time Member of Provincial Parliament “are often too long” and that running again would mean committing to another potential four-year term.
“In retiring, I choose instead to spend those hours as a full-time husband, father, and grandfather,” he said.
Pettapiece has been the Perth-Wellington MPP since 2011. Prior to being elected to Queen’s Park, he served as a councillor in North Perth.
“For over ten years, it has been an honour and privilege to represent the people of Perth-Wellington as their Member of Provincial Parliament,” he said. “In this job, trust is earned by helping people—one constituent at a time, one day at a time. I am grateful for their trust.”
Added Pettapiece, “I will continue working hard for my constituents until the end of my term in June 2022. I also look forward to continue supporting the government as we further recover from the pandemic and work to build a better future for everyone.”
The Listowel Banner will have a feature on Pettapiece and his career in politics in our Nov. 25 issue.