Rep. Justin Wood (R-Shawnee) announced at a legislative breakfast that he would not be seeking re-election.

About a third of the Oklahoma State Legislature will not return next year.

Term limits and a tough couple of years have made several State Senators and Representatives see the benefits of stepping away from lawmaking.

One more name was added to that list Friday morning.

Rep. Justin Wood (R-Shawnee) announced at a legislative breakfast that he would not be seeking re-election.

“I’m out,” Rep. Wood said Friday morning at the joint Tecumseh and Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at the CPN Cultural Heritage Center. “I appreciate your support the last four years. I promised my wife when the bad started outweighing the good, I would get out. This year has been a tough year for everybody up here.”

His decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a candidate to run against Democrat Nick Atwood who has filed as a Democrat. Dell Kerbs, another Shawnee Republican has withdrawn from the Shawnee City Commission Ward One race and announced his intention to seek the District 26 race.

Wood said he thought there might be more people who sought the office.

“I do apologize for not giving people more time to consider running for my seat,” Wood said. “I’ve never been worried about re-election. But as I move forward over the next several weeks I don’t want re-election to be part of making the difficult decisions.”

Wood will continue to direct the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Shawnee and he said he may find some avenues to continue doing work at the capitol.

The filing period for city, county and state elections ends today at 5 p.m.