State Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, announced Friday he has withdrawn his candidacy for the Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General.
“It has become clear to me that in order to mount a successful statewide race, I would have to neglect my duties as senator for my district and forsake my responsibilities as a member of the leadership of the Senate Majority Caucus,” Jolley said. “Accordingly, I have reached the decision to remain in the Senate representing my district and forego a run for attorney general at this time.”
Republican contenders for attorney general have narrowed with Jolley’s departure with Oklahoma City attorney Ryan Leonard and former state Sen. Scott Pruitt of Tulsa remaining in the campaign.
Attorney General Drew Edmondson is vacating his office as a 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Oklahoma City attorney Jim Priest is the sole Democrat to announce his candidacy for state attorney general. Lt. Gov. Jari Askins defeated Pruitt for her office in 2007.
Clark and Verlyne Jolley have a son and daughter attending grade school in Edmond. He earned his juris doctorate at the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Jolley was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 2004 where he has a 100-percent pro-life voting record.
During the GOP sweep of 2008, Jolley was re-elected to Senate District 41 by defeating Democrat David Taylor with 72 percent of the vote. His campaign had pushed for state tax reductions.
Senate District 41 encompasses 83,000 residents from parts of Logan County, Edmond and north Oklahoma City.
“I’m appreciative of the support I’ve received from people throughout the state and look forward to working with our next attorney general to promote a positive environment for businesses in Oklahoma,” Jolley said.
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