Shelley Jones to contest Michelson for Moose Jaw North

Justin Crann
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Shelley Jones is putting her name forward for the Saskatchewan Party in Moose Jaw North.

Shelley Jones makes an announcement at the regular council meeting at city hall on Sept. 19, 2011. Times-Herald photo by Carter Haydu

Jones, a previous Moose Jaw Citizen of the Year and one of the co-chairs of the Multiplex Builders Fundraising Committee, told the Times-Herald Wednesday that she has "always been interested in public service," and that she is "passionate about the community, the agriculture industry and education."

"I think my experience in those sectors, as well as the community volunteerism I have done, positions me well to represent Moose Jaw North," she said.

Jones will seek the party's nomination to run as its candidate in the riding in the next provincial election.

She has filed her papers and, pending approval of the party, will be running a contested nomination race against incumbent MLA Warren Michelson.

She said it isn't personal.

"Warren has been a good representative for the citizens of Moose Jaw North. My contesting the nomination isn't about Warren, it's about me," said Jones. "This is, I believe, my time. This window of opportunity is open for me right now. … My son has grown up. I have the support of my employer, family and friends. It's just a good time for me."

The Times-Herald contacted Warren Michelson's office, but he did not return our call.

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Organizations: The Times-Herald, Multiplex Builders Fundraising Committee

Geographic location: Moose Jaw North

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