DALLAS --Embattled Oklahoma Gov. David Waiters said yesterday that he would not seek re-election, dismissing speculation that he had decided to run for a second term after pleading guilty to violating campaign contribution laws.

"I have decided that my obligation to my family goes well beyond my obligation to public service, so I am not going to file for any public office," he said during a late afternoon press conference in Oklahoma City. His announcement clears the way for about 10 candidates, including Democratic candidate Lieut. Gov. Jack Mildren, who filed by the 5 p.m. central standard time deadline yesterday.

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