Long time Regina councillor Mike O’Donnell leaving political arena

When Reginans go to the polls in a civic election later this year, those in Ward 8 will be electing a new city councillor.

On Friday morning, Mike O’Donnell announced he will not seek re-election ending a 14 year stint as councillor for the ward which encapsulates the Rosemont-Mount Royal area.

O’Donnell says the time had simply come.

“I always felt someone should leave at their time and not let someone else decide.” O’Donnell said. “I’ve been at this 14 years, but it is time for someone hopefully younger to take on the task and engage with the residents.”

O’Donnell lists many highlights during his years on council, years where he has seen this city grow in many different areas.  He says he is particularly proud of two National Infrastructure Summits that have been held and being the local chair of the 2010 Olympic torch relay along with championing change for school zones.

He adds that he is more than willing to sit down with anyone who wants to be a candidate and has questions.  He knows there are many questions potential candidates will have about civic politics and he is more than happy to share the information he has learned and provide the answers needed.

As for what is next, O’Donnell says that is simple.

“I want to be a grandpa for a while.” O’Donnell said. ” I literally just want to enjoy the grandkids which is tough right now because they are spread out, but yeah, I just want to be a grandpa.”


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