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Adelson and Holland Elect Not to Seek Re-election (Apr 12, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democratic Sen. Tom Adelson of Tulsa says he won't seek a final four-year term in office.

Adelson announced Thursday that he wouldn't run again after his District 33 in Tulsa's midtown area was moved to south Tulsa and Broken Arrow as part of redistricting. Adelson had been mulling a run against Republican incumbent Sen. Brian Crain, but apparently decided against it.

A practicing attorney, Adelson also is a partner in an oil and gas business. First elected in 2004, Adelson was a frequent critic of tax breaks handed out to energy producers and has opposed efforts to reduce the state's income tax.

Senate Democratic leader Sean Burrage called Adelson a "tireless advocate for greater access to health care."


Marlow Republican Corey Holland says he won't seek another two-year term in office.

The 42-year-old educator said Thursday he plans to resign his seat at the end of the session and take a job as principal of Cache High School.

Holland had represented the District 51 seat in south central Oklahoma for four years. The district includes portions of Grady, McLain and Stephens counties.

Holland taught at Marlow Public Schools for 14 years and says he plans to go back to his "true calling" of working with students.


The filing period for state House and Senate seats ends Friday.

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