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CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – A longtime political fixture in South Jersey says he won’t seek re-election in the fall.

At age 77, Cherry Hill mayor Bernie Platt wanted to run for another term.

“But my family sat down and we’ve been talking about this for over a month — six weeks — that we felt it would be in our best interests and in the family’s best interests for me not to run this year,” Platt told KYW Newsradio today.

Platt’s 40-year career includes two stints as Cherry Hill mayor, two years in the late ’70s while on Council and the last nine elected independently.

He has also served on a number of township committees, and even did a couple years as a Camden County freeholder.

Those seeking to replace Platt have a week and a half to get nominating petitions together in advance of the June primary. His term expires at the end of the year.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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