Meili says he won't run in Calvert's constituency
Ryan Meili, the man who came in second in the NDP leadership race on the weekend, says he hopes to run for office, but not in former leader Lorne Calvert's constituency.
Meili, announced Tuesday he wants to run in the 2011 general election, but said he will not seek the nomination in Saskatoon Riversdale, where there will be a byelection later this year.
Calvert is leaving politics to become principal at St. Andrews College in Saskatoon, so there will be a vacancy.
Premier Brad Wall recently said he plans to call a byelection soon.
Meili said he plans to run in some other constituency. He cited the presence of an existing candidate for the Saskatoon Riversdale NDP nomination, Danielle Chartier, as one of his reasons for not seeking the nomination himself.
Meili, a Saskatoon physician, was one of four candidates in the running for the party leadership.
The race went to Dwain Lingenfelter, but Meili had a strong showing, finishing the second ballot vote with 45 per cent of voting members in support.