The outgoing MLA for Arviat says he decided not to seek re-election in Nunavut's territorial election because his heart wasn't in it anymore.

David Alagalak had represented Arviat constituents since he was elected in the 2004 territorial election.

Deciding not to go for a second term was one of the hardest decisions he has made, he told CBC News.

"When I want to be somebody, and representing people, I always wanted to have a full heart that's willing to do the job the best it would do," Alagalak said Thurdsay.

"But that full interest of wanting to be nominated or wanting to be MLA again was not there."

Alagalak said he will miss his co-workers in Iqaluit, but he does look forward to spending time with his family.

Nunavummiut go to the polls Oct. 27 to elect MLAs to Nunavut's third legislative assembly. Three people are running to succeed Alagalak in Arviat: Peter Kritaqliluk, Sheila Napayok and Daniel Shewchuk.