BC Southern Interior NDP MP Alex Atamanenko will not seek re-election in 2015.

BC Southern Interior NDP MP Alex Atamanenko will not seek re-election in 2015.

Atamanenko announces retirement from politics

BC Southern Interior MP will not run in next election

After three terms in office, NDP MP Alex Atamanenko has announced that he will not be running in the next election.

“I’ve been proud to serve the people of BC Southern Interior,” Atamanenko said in a statement to media. “As I look ahead to retirement in two years, I’d like to thank my constituents for electing me to represent their interests in Ottawa. “

Atamanenko has served the people of BC Southern Interior since his election in 2006. In that time, he has held several critic portfolios, including Food Security, Rural Affairs, and Agriculture.

“I’d like to thank Alex for his contributions to our caucus and our movement,” said NDP leader Tom Mulcair. “He has been a great representative for BC Southern Interior.”

The next election is expected in 2015.