MPP Grant Crack not seeking re-election in GPR

In this November 2016, file photo, MPP Grant Crack speaks at an awards ceremony in Morrisburg, Ont. Grant has announced he won't be running for re-election in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell in the June provincial election. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

ALEXANDRIA – Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack has announced he won’t be running in the June provincial election.

That’s despite winning the GPR Liberal nomination in late January in Rockland, Ont.

Grant was among three Liberal MPPs today to announce their intentions not to seek re-election on June 7.

In a statement, Crack said he advised Premier Kathleen Wynne “earlier this year” that he would not be a candidate and after “careful consideration and heartfelt discussions with my family,” he has decided to seek other career opportunities.

Crack is a two-term MPP, since 2011, and the former mayor of North Glengarry for 11 years.

“I have had the privilege of serving my community and the Province of Ontario as a political leader for 17 years. During this time I have developed numerous relationships with provincial colleagues, community stakeholders and established friendships of which I am grateful and will miss on a day to day basis.”

Crack says he will be assisting the next Liberal candidate in the upcoming campaign and that “I am confident that GPR will remain red” with a “majority government on June 7.”