Mike Nahan to retire from politics in 2021

Mike Nahan.
Mike Nahan.

FORMER WA Liberal leader Mike Nahan has announced he will retire from politics at the 2021 State Election.

Dr Nahan, who served as State Treasurer from 2014 to 2017, was Opposition leader until June this year, when he stepped down to make way for Liza Harvey.

The Riverton MLA made the announcement that he would not recontest his seat in 2021 on Tuesday afternoon.

He thanked the people of his electorate, and said he stepped away with a “heavy heart”.

“I am very grateful to the many people who have urged me to recontest,” he said.

“I have considered their views and representations very carefully and respectfully, indeed up to this very last minute.

“It is with a heavy heart that I disappoint them.”

The 69-year-old, who was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before first arriving in WA in 1982, said the Liberal Party would find a suitable candidate for his seat.

“I am confident that there will be a number of experienced and competent aspirants from the Liberal Party who will seek nomination for the seat of Riverton,” he said.

“It has been an honour and privilege to serve the people of WA both in government and in opposition for 12 years.

“But, happily, there are many ways to be of service and I hope to continue as best as I can.

“I will leave with fondest memories of my time in Riverton, of the many people whose lives I have come to be part of in some small way.

“I thank the people of Riverton most sincerely for having me, for our journey together and my very best wishes are with them.”