- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has reversed course and announced he won’t run for a third term in 2016.

Goldmark said in a tweet and on Facebook Tuesday he made the decision after talking with his family.

In September, he announced his run for re-election at a meeting of Washington State Democrats.

As commissioner, Goldmark has been the leader of the Washington state Department of Natural Resources since defeating Republican incumbent Doug Sutherland in 2008.

Goldmark has overseen the state’s largest firefighting force and manages over 5.7 million acres of state-owned land on behalf of Washington residents.

Goldmark was re-elected in 2012 with 59 percent of the vote. He said on Facebook the last eight years have been the highlight of his nearly 40 years of public service.

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