Financial Services and Home Affairs Minister Tara Rivers, the representative of West Bay South, has announced that she does not intend to run for office in the April general election.
Rivers, who ran as an independent candidate, was first elected as a representative of West Bay in the 2013 election, and she has served two terms. During the previous administration, she was the minister for education.
Throughout her two terms, she remained as an independent member of Premier Alden McLaughlin’s successive coalition governments.
Rivers announced her decision not to stand in the election at a press briefing Wednesday afternoon.
She would not say what she planned to do next, stating that “there are lots of options” and that she hoped to “help the country in whatever capacity I can”.
The premier, who also spoke during the press briefing, said his government had considered West Bay South district as a “certain” seat for Rivers’ re-election, if she ran again, based on a survey that had been carried out.
He said he was talking to individuals about running in the district, but was not in a position yet to say if there was an agreement with someone in West Bay South to become part of the coalition.