Kerry Diotte To Seek Federal Conservative Nomination

02/27/2014 11:30 EST | Updated 02/27/2014 11:59 EST

Failed Edmonton mayoral candidate Kerry Diotte is throwing his hat into the federal politics ring, announcing Wednesday he would seek the Conservative nomination in the new Edmonton-Griesbach riding.

Diotte, a former columnist with the Edmonton Sun and one-time city councillor, tweeted his intentions Wednesday afternoon.

“I found public service incredibly rewarding and would love the opportunity to continue,” he said in a press release.

Edmonton – Griesbach is one of several new federal seats created by a redistribution to accommodate Alberta's growing population.

Diotte finished a distant third place in last fall's race for mayor.

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