Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita will not seek the Republican nomination for attorney general this year.
Rokita had considered seeking the post since Republican Attorney General Steve Carter recently announced he would not run for a third, four-year term. The major parties will select their nominees for attorney general at their summer state conventions.
Rokita said his main concern is that Indiana have a strong leader as attorney general. He says he recently spoke to Valparaiso Mayor John Costas, who Rokita said has expressed an interest in running. Rokita says he would support Costas if he runs.
Rokita says not running for the post will allow him to finish his second term as secretary of state, which runs through 2010, and spend more time with his newborn.