State Assemblyman Marc Butler announced he will not be seeking re-election this fall. Butler has represented the 118th Assembly district since 1995 and in a statement says his retirement announcement is making good on a pledge that he would give ample time to allow campaigns to prepare for the November election.

Senator James Seward issued a statement saying in part he’s enjoyed working with Butler on issues of mutual concern and understands his decision to want to spend more time with his family.