Plaid Cymru AM and former Heritage Minister Rhodri Glyn Thomas has prompted speculation with his early announcement he will stand down at the next Welsh assembly election. Due in 2016
He has been a member of the assembly since it was established in 1999.
Mr Thomas will have represented Carmarthen East and Dinefwr for 17 years by the next election
With a 4,148 majority over Labour in 2011 his departure announcement will turn to who will seek the party nomination.
Front runner would have been former local MP Adam Price .
However back in June last year Adam, indicated that he was leaving main stream politics
I’m not saying that I’m turning my back on the idea of public service – I believe politicians can make a difference and that democratic institutions are vital. But they are not the the be all and end all, and there are other ways to make a contribution.”“But I feel a need to achieve something positive that will hopefully change Wales for the better.
Western Mail 33rd of June 2012
So has Rhodri Glyn, decided this is the time to announce retirement divert accusations that he has been pressurised to quit to let the Pri(n)ce over the Water in?
In the 2011 election she took the brave step to forgo the regional list and fight Carmarthen West and South Prembrokeshire.
Holding the Plaid Vote in what was a bad year for the party.
|Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire|
|Plaid Cymru||Nerys Evans||8,373||29.7||+0.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Selwyn Runnett||1,097||3.9||−2.4|
So she may well have some considerable support in the Constituency
An other mentioned is Helen Mary Jones but she may prefer to have another crack at Llanelli which she lost last time but has established a personal presence there.
A bitter contest may do the Party damage whilst a enthusiastic contest may be an advantage on whoever selected and establish he or she among the electorate.
Still its early days yet and there may well be others weighing up their chances and Rhodri Glyn has ensured C
armarthen East and Dinefwr will remain on the Radar for the foreseeable future.