ANCHORAGE -

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Lesil McGuire announced Monday she was ending her bid for the office, minutes before the filing deadline.

“My husband, children and parents are the most important part of my life. Today, I put them first,” she said in a statement.

A staffer told Channel 2 McGuire was not available for comment on camera Monday evening. She entered the lieutenant governor’s race a year ago.

The 14-year veteran lawmaker said in the statement that she looks forward to returning to the Legislature in 2015.

McGuire’s exit leaves two other GOP candidates left in the race, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, and Kenai Borough Assemblyman Kelly Wolf.

West Anchorage Senator Hollis French, and Palmer teacher Bob Williams are seeking the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor.

A fifth candidate, Craig Fleener, is hoping to gain the lieutenant governor's seat as an independent. He said Tuesday night that he likes the idea of Alaskans having more choices in the primary, and wishes McGuire the best.

The primary election is Aug. 19.