Long-time local politician Jim Brownell has announced he will not seek re-election to the Ontario legislature in next October's election.

Brownell, who is currently serving his second term as MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, said he will retire from politics to spend more time with his family.

"I am very proud of the work I have done as your representative at Queen's Park, and throughout my political career," said Brownell. "I just feel it is time to turn the page, relax and focus on my priorities closer to home."

Brownell was first elected to Queen's Park in 2003 after 14 years in municipal politics.

Currently, Brownell is the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Consumer Services. He has previously served in the same role for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Minister of Tourism.