Roughrider Makowsky to run for Sask. Party

A Saskatchewan Roughrider is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the Regina Dewdney constituency.

A Saskatchewan Roughrider is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the Regina Dewdney constituency.

Gene Makowsky, 37, hopes to unseat New Democrat Kevin Yates in the Nov. 7, 2011, vote.

Makowsky, a 16-year CFL veteran originally from Saskatoon, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

"It's something obviously very new to me but could be a lot of fun too," he said. "I'm pretty passionate about this province, and I think this a fairly decent way to be a part of it still and help the province keep growing on the trend that it's on."

Despite a potential overlap in schedules, Makowsky says he does not immediately plan to retire from football.

One of several Roughrider free agents, he said if he makes the team, he'll play.

Yates said he has faced challengers with connections to the Roughriders in the past and come out on top.

"For those of you that remember, I ran against Rob Bresciani who retired from the Riders," Yates said Wednesday.

In the 2003 provincial election, Bresciani was a candidate for the Saskatchewan Party and garnered 2,148 votes. Yates won the Regina Dewdney seat with 4,153 votes.

The provincial election will take place around the time of the CFL playoffs.