A three-time MLA in B.C.'s Okanagan says she won't be running in next May's provincial elections because of health concerns.

Kelowna Liberal MLA Sindi Hawkins has been fighting leukemia since 2004, and has undergone two bone marrow transplants.

She says she decided not to run again in the 2009 elections after getting advice from her family and doctors,

"As my one of my doctors put bluntly -- no job is worth dying over," Hawkins told supporters in her Kelowna-Mission riding.

Premier Gordon Campbell is applauding Hawkins for her bravery.

Hawkins has served as Liberal MLA for Kelowna-Mission for the past 12 years. She once held a cabinet position as the junior health minister and served as deputy speaker.

Her decision means three Kelowna-area Liberals won't run in May, the others being Al Horning and Rick Thorpe.