MPP Jim McDonell to retire in 2022

Jim McDonell addresses a crowd of about 150 supporters following his election victory in 2018. (The Leader/Blancher photo)

WILLIAMSTOWN – After three terms as member of provincial Parliament, Jim McDonell is retiring in June 2022.

In a statement released November 23, McDonell said he has enjoyed serving as the riding’s MPP.

“I have been blessed by a wonderful family, especially my wife Margie and a group of colleagues who have supported me in my work,” he said. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish locally and across Ontario. However, the time has come to pass the torch and to enjoy the next chapter of my life closer to home.”

McDonell was first elected as MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in 2011 for the Progressive Conservative Party and has won by more than 50 per cent of the vote in each election he ran in.

Previously he was mayor of South Glengarry (2003-11) and served as warden of the United Counties of SDG in 2006.

Since 2018, McDonell has been the Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark.

“I am grateful to the residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry who have shown their confidence in me for over a decade. It has been a challenging job, but certainly a rewarding one too,” said McDonell. “Rest assured though, I will still be very active to continue to improve our quality of life here at home in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.”

McDonell’s retirement coincides with the scheduled June 2, 2022 provincial election.

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