Ralls County Representative Sam Leake says he does not want to be a candidate for speaker of the House for the 2001-2002 legislative session, although he had expressed interest in the job earlier.
Leake said that term limits, which will begin to take effect next year, played a major role in his decision to not seek the job:
With Leake out of the running, Columbia Representative Tim Harlan and current Speaker Pro Tem Jim Krieder are the only two announced candidates for the job.
With term limits set to take effect next year, chances are that the next House speaker will only be able to serve for one term.
But that doesn't bother current Speaker Pro Tem Jim Kreider, who announced last June that he would seek the position. He says since 80 percent of House members won't be there after 2002, it will be his job to leave the chamber in good hands.So far, Kreider and Columbia representative Tim Harlan are the only two Democrats who have formally announced their intentions to run for speaker. From the state capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.