Republican State Rep. Randy Grau, of Edmond, announced Friday morning he will not submit his name as a candidate for a fourth term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
The time for candidates to file for state and federal offices was set to close at 5 p.m. Friday at the Oklahoma State Election Board at the state Capitol.
At 2 p.m. Friday, three other candidates had filed this week for House District 81.
“Serving my hometown is one of the greatest honors of my life,” Grau said. “I have the deepest respect for the people I represent. They are my friends and neighbors, and I feel blessed just to know them.”
Grau never faced opposition as a candidate for the state House of Representatives. Only last week Grau said he was committed to seek re-election. Grau said he has loved representing the community of Edmond where he grew up.
“Therefore, this was a very difficult decision,” he said. “However, I determined in recent days that it was necessary to take a break from public service to concentrate on other priorities.
“I am going to focus on helping my grandfather who has been hospitalized since December due to an injury. I also look forward to spending more time with my two growing sons, as well as focusing on a growing, successful law practice.”
Grau serves as chairman of the House Judiciary and Civil Procedure committee. He is also part of House leadership, serving as an assistant majority whip, and previously held a leadership position as assistant majority floor leader. Grau is an attorney with the Oklahoma City firm of Cheek and Falcone. He graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1994, the final class at Memorial before the start of Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North high schools.
Edmond Democrat Dan Myers filed earlier this week for House District 81. He will face 37-year-old Lyle Walters in the state primary election. One Republican, Mike Osburn, 48, filed for House District 81 Friday.
June 28 will be the statewide primary election. Aug. 23 is set for the runoff primary election. The general election will be Nov. 8.