Liberal Darrell Samson. (Darrell Samson photo)

FALL RIVER: The MP for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook has decided not to throw his name into the ring for the N.S. Liberal Leadership race.

Darrell Samson made the announcement on Sept. 28 in a press release sent to The Laker News.

In the release, Samson, who calls Fall River home, said the decision came after much thought.

“After thorough deliberation with my family over the past weeks, I have decided that I will not be seeking the nomination for leadership of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party,” said Samson. “The past five years as Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook have been some of the most rewarding of my life.

“Being an MP is a full-time commitment and I would not want a leadership campaign to affect my work as I continue to articulate the concerns and needs of the people of Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook. Together, we have achieved great things and I want to keep our momentum going.”

He said he was truly honoured by the outpouring of support he received from Liberals across the province.

“I want to thank them for putting their trust in me,” he said.

Samson said the work he is doing as MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs and as an advocate for Official Languages is still unfinished.

“I’m confident that whoever is elected as the new leader of the Nova Scotian Liberal Party will do a superb job and I look forward to working with them to continue to improve the lives of all Nova Scotians,” said Samson.