While it's more than a year until his seat is up for re-election, one county official is ready to retire.

County Judge Mike Ford announced Monday, Sept. 23 that he does not intend to seek a third term as a county official.

Ford served one four-year term as county commissioner before being elected to serve at the helm of commissioners court in 2010. His single term as county judge will come to a close at the end of 2014.

"I have decided I am not going to run again," Ford told the Reporter Tuesday, adding he plans to focus on other things while is "still healthy" enough to do so.

Ford succeeded longtime County Judge Walter Maynard who was defeated by challenger Dwayne Griffin in the 2010 Democratic primary.

Ford, the lone county judge candidate on the 2010 Republican primary ballot in 2010, narrowly defeated Griffin in the November 2010 election.

While his term includes another year of service, Ford said he announced his intentions Monday to allow Republican and Democratic party leaders sufficient time to rally candidates for the March 2014 primary election. Nov. 9 is first day for candidates to file for a place on the primary ballot, and the filing deadline is Dec. 9. The primary election will be held March 4, and the primary run-off is set for May 27.