Wyoming Gov. Freudenthal will not seek 3rd term

AP – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal says he will not seek a third term in office.

Freudenthal's announcement Thursday ends long-running speculation that the popular Democrat might mount a court challenge seeking to overturn a state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from serving three consecutive terms.

The 59-year-old governor says not running again is the right decision for him, his wife Nancy Freudenthal and for the state. Nancy Freudenthal is awaiting confirmation by the U.S. Senate on President Obama's nomination of her for an open federal judgeship in Cheyenne.

Several prominent Wyoming Republicans have announced that they will seek their party's nomination to run for governor this fall. No Democrats have announced yet that they will run.