Cherie Burton will retire at the next state election

Kogarah MP Cherie Burton confirmed today she would bow out of politics at the next state election.

Ms Burton said that by the time the 2014 election was held, she would have been an MP for 16 years.

‘‘It’s time for me to hand over the baton to someone else,’’ she said.

‘‘My kids are 7 and 5, and the demands are getting more and more with my work, their homework and getting them to school activities.’’

Ms Burton said she was supporting former NSW Labor Party assistant general secretary Chris Minns in a rank and file pre-selection ballot that will be held to choose her replacement.

Mr Minns, of Carlton, is a former deputy mayor of Hurstville. He confirmed he was standing and would ‘‘spend the next few weeks meeting local members and asking for their support’’.

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Farewell: Cherie Burton (left) pictured at the opening of the renovated Kogarah Town Centre in December 2012. Picture: Chris Lane

Farewell: Cherie Burton (left) pictured at the opening of the renovated Kogarah Town Centre in December 2012. Picture: Chris Lane

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