A term-limited House leader said today he is dropping his bid to run for state labor commissioner.
State Rep. Tad Jones, House majority floor leader, said he will not seek the Republican nomination for labor commissioner to work on another endeavor.
Jones, R-Claremore, cannot seek re-election to his House seat because of legislative term limits. He was elected in 1998. Legislators are limited to serving 12 years in Oklahoma.
Republican contenders are Mark Costello, an Oklahoma City businessman, and Jason Reese, an Oklahoma City attorney.
Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields, a Democrat, is seeking re-election.
“A new opportunity has been brought before me that will allow me to spend more time with my wife and young children,” Jones said.
Jones said he will send all individual donations given for his labor commissioner race back to his donors.
“I believe it is the right thing to do because of the confidence placed in me by so many individual Oklahomans,” Jones said.
- Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau