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Secretary of State won't run for third term

Mar 17, 2014 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield said Friday that he will not run for a third term despite winning a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court last year that affirmed his right to do so.

Maxfield offered no explanation in making the announcement to about a dozen people in the state Capitol. He said only that in retirement he plans to focus on the "love of my life," referring to his wife, Gayla, who stood quietly next to him during his brief speech.

Maxfield said afterward he was thinking about running as recently as last week. Even Gov. Matt Mead said he didn't know about Maxfield's decision until shortly before the announcement.

"I was hoping and planning that he was going to run again, but understand his decision," said Mead, a fellow Republican.

Maxfield, 69, was elected secretary of state in 2006 and 2010. He previously served two terms as state auditor and directed the state commerce department from 1989-1994.

In 2011, Maxfield sued the state to contest term limits for secretary of state, state auditor, state superintendent of public instruction and state treasurer.

Wyoming voters approved term limits for all statewide offices and the Legislature by initiative in 1992. In 2004, the Wyoming Supreme Court overturned term limits for state legislators.

Last year, the state high court sided with Maxfield in a ruling that applied to four of the five statewide elected officials, with the exception of the governor.

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