Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday that, after talking with his family, he has decided not to run for another term in office.

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Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday that, after talking with his family, he has decided not to run for a third term in office.

Goldmark, who was raised on a family ranch in the Okanogan highlands, has served as lands commissioner since January 2009.

In a statement released via Twiitter and Facebook, Goldmark said the last eight years “have been the highlight of 40 years of public service,” and said he looked forward to continuing his service in the office until January 2017.

“The dedicated staff at DNR are an inspiration every working day,” Goldmark said. “And my gratitude goes to the people of Washington, who have twice given me the honor of choosing me to serve.”

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Previously, in September of last year, Goldmark announced he would run for a third term in office.

“My goals are healthy forests, clean water, fresh air, and vibrant rural communities,” Goldmark said in a September statement as he declared his candidacy.