“Accordingly, I have reached the decision to remain in the Senate representing my district and forego a run for attorney general at this time,” Jolley said.
Jolley is not up for re-election this year. He said he intends to seek a third and final four-year term in 2012. Legislators can serve a maximum of 12 years.
Jolley said he intends to return contributions given to his attorney general race. Some contributors have told him to keep the money and transfer it to his Senate re-election bid, he said.
His departure leaves Scott Pruitt, a former state senator from Broken Arrow, and Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard as Republican contenders. Jim Priest, an Oklahoma City attorney, is the only Democratic contender.
Attorney General Drew Edmondson, a Democrat, is not seeking a fifth term to run for governor.
- MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU