BOISE -- Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announced today that he will not seek a fourth term.
In a statement sent this afternoon, Ysursa says he'll retire from public office when his current term expires in January of 2015.
State Representative Lawerence Denney declared his candidacy for secretary of state last month and other Republicans have said they would run if Ysursa chose not to.
Ysursa was first elected secretary of state in 2002, and began working in the office in 1974, as a deputy to Pete Cenarrusa, who died on September 29.
Here is the text of the full statement Secretary of State Ben Ysursa sent out Friday:
After careful thought and deliberation, I have decided not to seek re-election as Secretary of State, and will retire from public office at the completion of my third term in January 2015. It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve the great people of the State of Idaho as Secretary of State and as Deputy Secretary of State for the last four decades but it is time to step down.
I would note that my term does not end until 2015 and there are many important issues to face in 2014 pertaining to elections and Land Board issues, which will be the focus of my attention. My office has a tradition of fairness, efficiency, and service which will continue throughout the rest of my term.
I again thank the people of Idaho for having afforded me the privilege and opportunity to serve them as Secretary of State.