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Longtime Hamilton County Tax Assessor Bill Bennett has decided not to seek another term.

Bennett said in an email Monday he would retire at the end of his current office.

"After careful thought, prayer and encouragement from my family, I have made the decision not to seek reelection in 2016," Bennett wrote.

Bennett thanked all who had helped him during his political career, which started when he was a Hamilton County Commissioner in 1980.

"I want to thank all those who helped me so many years ago throughout Hamilton County.  I express my deepest gratitude to all those men and women who helped me win every single election. Together we won 10 primary elections and 10 general elections," he said.

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