Jim Long will not run for re-election.
The longtime Democratic insurance commissioner will not seek a seventh term in office.
Wayne Goodwin, a former four-term state representative and failed candidate for labor commissioner in 2004, filed today to replace Long, shortly before the noon deadline.
When asked about his failure to file so far, Long spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Wednesday that Long intended to file for re-election on Friday.
Long, 67, was first elected insurance commissioner in 1986. He is the longest-serving member of the Council of State.
"I felt it was time to 'pass the torch' to a new generation of leadership for the Department," Long wrote in an e-mail to supporters.