June 29, 2014
After a decade of representing Elgin-Middlesex-London, Conservative MP Joe Preston is calling it quits.
He has decided not to run in the 2015 Federal Election.
“Through 10 years and four elections I have had the honour of working with one of Canada’s greatest Prime Ministers,” Preston said in a release Sunday morning, “After a great deal of thought and prayer, I have decided, together with my family, that I will be retiring at the end of this term.”
Preston, a well-known restaurateur in St. Thomas, has cited family and his businesses as reasons for the decision.
He was first elected in the riding on June 28th, 2004 – almost a year to the day he announced he will not seek re-election.
Preston was the first Conservative voted in the newly-realigned riding, after Liberal Gar Knutson was elected in 1997, and again in 2000.