Democratic Rep. John Spear of South Thomaston will not be seeking reelection to the Maine House.

Spear notified party members Feb. 3 in an email.

"First and foremost I simply wish to spend more time with my wife Leslie in our retirement years than the commitment to effectively serve in the Legislature allows. The second reason is more complicated, but basically it revolves around the notion that I now realize that my public service time and energy can be more effectively spent in local community based endeavours than in the halls of the statehouse in Augusta," Spear said in the email.

Spear was elected to represent Maine House District 92 in November 2016, defeating Republican Sonja Sleeper 2,964 to 1,887.

He is completing his first two-year term. He serves on the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee. The seat has been held by Democrats since 2008. Chris Rector was the last Republican to serve the district.

District 92 represents Cushing, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston and Matinicus Isle Plantation, plus the unorganized territories of Criehaven and Muscle Ridge Islands Townships.

Spear previously served as a selectman in South Thomaston and as the town's administrative assistant. He was business manager for School Administrative District 50 for many years.

No other candidates have filed papers to run for the House seat. The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers is March 15. The deadline for unenrolled candidates to file papers is May 25.

The primaries for parties is June 12. The general election is Nov. 6.