From The Republic:

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Friday she will not seek a third term in 2012.

Carnahan said she plans to return to the private sector when her term as secretary of state ends in January 2013, but she did not rule out another run for office in the future. The Democrat won election as secretary of state in 2004 and re-election in 2008 but lost a U.S. Senate campaign last year to Republican Rep. Roy Blunt.

“After eight years as secretary of state, the time will be right for me to return to private life, to gather new ideas and experiences and a fresh perspective,” Carnahan said. “But my commitment to public service won’t stop because I know the challenges facing our country can’t be solved in Washington or Jefferson City alone. It will take ideas, energy and the daily commitment and determination of all of us.”

Robin Carnahan won’t seek re-election as Missouri secretary of state in 2012 | The Republic.