By Robert Flippo
State Senator Rob Johnson of District 22, which includes Piedmont, Deer Creek and Yukon, announced he will not run for re-election in 2014.
Johnson said he made the decision to not run for re-election in order to focus on spending time with his family and working in the private sector. When his term expires, Johnson will have spent eight years in the Oklahoma Legislature, with four years in the House of Representatives and four years in the Senate.
“I’ve enjoyed it but at some point everybody has to move on and I think that time for me is right now,” Johnson said.
As far as what the future holds for District 22, Johnson said he believes there will be numerous good, qualified candidates that run to fill his seat.
“One of the reasons I announced as early as I did was to give people the opportunity to know that it’s open,” Johnson said.
With both a State Senate seat and a Canadian County Commissioner seat open, the next election cycle will be very interesting for the eastern half of Canadian County. Although no Piedmont residents have announced their intentions publicly as of yet, it seems likely that Piedmont will have a candidate in one or both elections.