Southold Town Justice William Price said Monday that his next term will be his last.
The 62-year-old judge, who will be sworn in for his ninth term in January, said he does not plan to seek re-election in 2017.
“I’m not running ever again,” he said.
When asked why, he simply replied, “I’ll be 66 years old.”
Mr. Price, a former Republican, was first elected in 1981 when he defeated Democrat John Lee with 61 percent of the vote to replace Republican Justice James Rich, who did not seek re-election that year.
In office for 32 years, Mr. Price was dropped from the Republican ticket in favor of Mattituck attorney William Goggins this spring. But after receiving Democratic backing for the first time in his career, Mr. Price handily defeated his opponent with 59 percent of the vote.
Immensely popular, Mr. Price has only been challenged four times in his political career. After winning re-election by 70 percent of the vote in 1989, he ran uncontested in five consecutive elections prior to this November.