Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield announced Friday that he would not be running for a third term. Calling the decision, "the most difficult of my life," Maxfield delivered the news in the Capitol rotunda. He spoke for about five minutes, reflecting on his work over the last seven years.
Governor Matt Mead was in the audience for the announcement. He said Maxfield told him of his decision before the public announcement, but that it still came as a shock. "I'm surprised by it, but I understand he went through a lot of soul searching when he made this decision. He's been a great partner these last three years and he's been a mentor," said Governor Mead.
It was a surprising move given how hard Maxfield lobbied the Supreme Court to rule term limits unconstitutional for executive offices. Before 2013, the five executive offices were limited to two terms. Now, the secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, state auditor, and treasurer can serve more than two terms.
Maxfield said he plans on spending more time with his family and "the love of his life," referring to his wife Gayla. Maxfield appeared emotional toward the end of his statement, and did not take any questions from the media. He stressed that he would be working hard in the last nine months of his term.