The minority leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives announced he is ending his campaign for governor and leaving the legislature at the beginning of 2018.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Rep. Scott Inman, a Democrat representing Del City, Oklahoma City and Smith Village, said his career was rewarding, but has taken a toll on his family.
"Those roles and responsibilities, while at times enjoyable and rewarding, did not come without a price. Unfortunately, that price was paid by those nearest and dearest to me. The stresses and strains of my career, the time away from my family, and the choice to wrongly prioritize my life’s decisions have brought me to this moment. I can no longer ask my wife and children to sacrifice for me," Inman said in the statement.
The representative thanked his constituents, his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus and supporters of his gubernatorial campaign.
The announcement came in the midst of a special legislative session intended to fill a $215 million hole in the state budget. Inman has served as the House Minority Leader since 2010, and has held a seat in the House since 2006. His current term is set to end in November 2018.
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