Blaine Pedersen of the Progressive Conservative Party is looking to snag another term as the MLA for Midland in the upcoming provincial election.

He has been re-elected twice since he initially took the position in Manitoba's legislature in 2007. He has served as minister of infrastructure and is currently minister of growth, enterprise and trade.

"There's been lots of economic activity across rural Manitoba, and in Midland constituency as well," he said. "I look forward to continuing that work (if elected)."

One issue he has been hearing about in Midland is businesses struggling to attract employees.

"There's a labour shortage across the constituency, whether it's in industrial, whether it's in the farm business, so we need to make sure that our students ... coming out of school ... are prepared to go into those new rewarding careers that are out there, and how do we fulfill those vacancies that businesses are having now," Pedersen said.

Electoral divisions are subject to change every 10 years in Manitoba by law. The most recent review was conducted in 2018, which means new boundaries have been implemented for the fall election. Due to this, Pedersen said he has been spending time meeting new people in the Midland region.

"I've been fortunate to set up a good network across the constituency. Now with the boundary changes that occurred, and now Midland constituency also includes the rural municipalities of Morris and Macdonald, (I've been) spending some time there," he said.

Other names on the ballot for Midland include Liberal Julia Sisler and NDP Cindy Friesen. Voting will take place Sept. 10th.