01/03/2012 02:42 EST | Updated 03/04/2012 05:12 EST

Former health services board chair to seek nomination for Tories in Calgary West

CALGARY - A Calgary businessman says it was the leadership win of Premier Alison Redford that triggered his consideration to run for public office again.

Ken Hughes says he's ready to help build an Alberta that is an international leader an environmental leader.

Hughes stepped down last week as head of the board of Alberta Health Services.

The former federal MP says he was not promised anything to run, but his speech announcing his intention to seek the Tory nomination in Calgary West was peppered with points dealing with budgets and the economy.

Calgary West is currently held by Finance Minister Ron Liepert, who is not running for re-election.

A provincial election is expected in the spring.