Camden MP Chris Patterson has announced today that he will not recontest his seat in the state election in March.
Mr Patterson has served as Camden MP for eight years and is stepping down to spend more time with his family.
“In the last 12 months to two years I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t want to miss any more family events or children’s sports games,” he said this afternoon.
Mr Patterson has been in public life for 18 years, first on Camden Council – where he spent several years as mayor – and then as a state MP.
He said he had a genuine love for the Camden community and had done his “absolute best” to represent his constituents.
“Being a politician is a hard job, it’s a 24/7 job,” he said.
“That said I’ve had a chance to meet fantastic people and had opportunities that other people don’t get.”
Mr Patterson, who will turn 46 in December, said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian wanted him to stay on as Camden MP but had been “nothing but supportive” since learning of his decision to step down.
The cricket enthusiast said he would see out his current term.
“Under no circumstances will there be a by-election,” he said.
“Camden residents will go to the polls no earlier than March, as they should.”
Mr Patterson said he did not have any concrete plans for life after politics.
He said he was not looking to re-enter Camden Council in the foreseeable future but did not rule out an eventual return to local government.
“Never say never,” the MP said.
Mr Patterson said he did not know who would be chosen to contesting the Camden seat for the Coalition.
“That’s a matter for the party to decide,” he said.