(Little Rock) (AP) – Arkansas Auditor Charlie Daniels says he won’t seek re-election in 2014.
Daniels, a Democrat, has been a fixture at the Capitol for decades and his Monday announcement makes the statewide auditor office an open seat on next year’s ballot.
Daniels served as state Lands Commissioner for 18 years, starting after his election in 1984. Term limits didn’t let him run again in 2002, but he was elected secretary of state that year, serving eight years and then wining election as auditor in 2010.
The 73-year-old Daniels was eligible to run for one more 4-year term as auditor.
Daniels defeated Green Party candidates in 2010 and kept the office in Democratic hands when state Republicans were gaining ground in the Capitol.
In a statement, Daniels said he’s ready to retire.