After more than 60 years of public service, Ivan Dean is deeply considering whether he will recontest this year's Legislative Council election.
Mr Dean has held the seat of Windermere as an independent for 18 years after prior positions in local government, the police force and the army.
Three Legislative council seats are up for election in May in Windermere, Mersey and Derwent.
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Mr Dean on Tuesday said he had not made up his mind about whether he will run for another six years as an upper house member or choose to retire.
The 75-year-old said he wished to play a part in the state's continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Dean is also yet to see his ambition to raise the legal smoking age to 21 years realised.
He said he was chairman of a number of committees which were unlikely to have all work completed by the time the election rolls around.
On the other side of things is his family.
"I've worked for the public for 60-plus years which is a really long time," Mr Dean said.
"And my family are saying that it is time that I gave them some time so I understand all of that."
Mr Dean won 43.9 per cent of the vote in the 2015 election.
Labor candidate Jennifer Houston, now a Bass MHA, won 28.5 per cent of the vote.
Mike Gaffney has confirmed he will run for a third term in the Legislative Council in the seat of Mersey.
Labor confirmed on Tuesday that Legislative Council president Craig Farrell had been re-endorsed as a candidate for this year's election in Derwent.
Labor leader Rebecca White over the weekend said no candidates had been pre-selected for the other seats.
"We'll be looking to campaign in the upper house seats that are up for grabs this year," she said.
"Some of them we may not run candidates in."
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