After three years in office, Kitchener South–Hespeler MPP Amy Fee has announced she will not be seeking re-election next year.
“I have been humbled and grateful for the trust my constituents have placed in me. The last three years have been some of the most challenging, yet rewarding, of my life,” she said in a statement.
During her time in office, Fee was connected to autism issues and was also arrested in connection to a domestic dispute at her home.
She and her husband, who have since split up, have four children together, two of whom are autistic.
“Sadly, I feel my opportunities to contribute to the community in this role are being outpaced by the demands of my family,” Fee stated.
“I am a mother first. Out of respect to the community, I feel the need to hand the reigns to someone who can represent Kitchener South–Hespeler with total dedication.”
She said she will remain in office until after next year’s election.
“Until the next election, I will be available to whole-heartedly represent our community with enthusiasm and dedication, and I look forward to assisting the new MPP with the transition,” Fee said.
Fee was first elected in 2018, edging out former boxer Fitz Vanderpool, who was running for the NDP.
Prior to that win, she had served a term on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board for the Kitchener Wilmot riding.