R.J. Harris, a Democratic candidate for the Oklahoma governor's race, has announced he is officially ending his campaign.
Harris, 40, of Norman, who ran against U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, both as a Republican and an independent, also ran for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination in the 2012 election. He currently serves as a chief warrant officer 3 in the Oklahoma National Guard, where he has served for nearly 23 years.
Harris filed a statement Nov. 4 with the state Ethics Commission indicating he was raising money for a campaign.
Harris said after careful thought he has decided to instead endorse the campaign of Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, who formed an exploratory committee for the race on Dec. 17.
Harris added he believes Dorman shares many of his values and goals for the state.
“We've got a candidate here in Joe that, even if we don't see eye-to-eye on every issue, if I wasn't convinced that he wasn't serious about taking some of these issues head-on then I wouldn't be doing this,” Harris said.
Dorman has spoken with Harris about the move and welcomes his support, said Mark Nestlen, spokesman for Dorman's exploratory committee.