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Liberal MLA Dave Hayer to quit politics

07/10/2012 10:22 EDT | Updated 09/09/2012 05:12 EDT
Another veteran Liberal member of the B.C. legislature has decided not to seek re-election in next year's provincial election.

Dave Hayer announced his departure on his website, saying he has accomplished almost all of his goals during the 11 years he's been in public office.

The MLA for Surrey-Tynehead says those accomplishments have included a new Port Mann Bridge, expanded highways, an expansion to Surrey Memorial Hospital, new schools and more post-secondary spaces.

“I talked to my constituents and I talked to to my board and my family and they all agreed with my decision so I said I will let the premier and the party know," said Hayer.

The son of a crusading newspaper editor who was murdered in 1998, Hayer had a high profile in the community.

He rose to be a parliamentary secretary but he never made cabinet.

Hayer said while he's leaving politics, he'll always be around to fight for the community and the rights of others.

Premier Christy Clark says Hayer demonstrated leadership and perseverance and will be remembered as one of the hardest-working MLAs.

Fellow Liberal MLAs Kevin Krueger and Kash Heed recently announced they, too, will not be running in the election, set for May 14, 2013.

A number of high-profile cabinet ministers, including George Abbott and Kevin Falcon have not yet committed to running again.

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