JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Friday she will not seek a third term in 2012.
Carnahan said she plans to return to the private sector when her term as secretary of state ends in January 2013, but she did not rule out another run for office in the future. The Democrat won election as secretary of state in 2004 and re-election in 2008 but lost a U.S. Senate campaign last year to Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.
"After eight years as secretary of state, the time will be right for me to return to private life, to gather new ideas and experiences and a fresh perspective," Carnahan said. "But my commitment to public service won't stop because I know the challenges facing our country can't be solved in Washington or Jefferson City alone. It will take ideas, energy and the daily commitment and determination of all of us."
Carnahan is the daughter of the late-Gov. Mel Carnahan and former U.S. Sen. Jean Carnahan. One of her brothers is U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, whose district includes part of the St. Louis area.
The secretary of state is primarily charged with overseeing elections, but also regulates securities, handles business registration, publishes state regulations, maintains official documents and manages the state library and archives.
A spokesman for Carnahan had said in early February that she was planning to seek re-election, but her state campaign has reported raising relatively little money this year.
Candidates do not file for the Missouri offices on the 2012 ballot for several more months. Two Republican state senators already had announced interest in running for secretary of state. Sens. Scott Rupp, of Wentzville, and Bill Stouffer, of Napton, have said they plan to run for secretary of state.