Garvin County’s district judge has announced she will not be seeking another term when elections come later this year.

In a prepared statement released this week Candace Blalock said this current term, her fourth in the office, will be her last as she plans to pursue other interests.

“It has been the greatest experience of my career to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Garvin, McClain and Cleveland counties,” Blalock stated.

Blalock’s announcement came in the written statement as she indicated a preference not to give any public interviews until after she steps down from the office.

Blalock has served as district judge for Judicial District 21 since winning the post in a 1994 election and being sworn in early in 1995.

She is the presiding judge for Garvin and McClain counties where she is officed.

Her judicial term ends in January 2011 when a newly elected judge will be sworn into office.

Prior to being elected judge, Blalock was an assistant district attorney for the same three-county district for 14 years.

Even earlier she was in a private law practice after graduating from the Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1976.

As for her time after a long stint on the judicial bench, no specifics were made available.

“I look forward to other forms of service to my community and state,” she stated.

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