State Treasurer Mike Coffman says he wants to help Iraq establish a stable, democratic government -- so he'll step down from his post as an elected official in Colorado.
Coffman plans to report for active duty as a U-S Marine next month. He had retired in 1994 as a Major with the Marine Corps Reserve.
Coffman calls the decision an "extremely difficult" one, saying he had to choose between serving Colorado as state treasurer, or serving the nation in the Marine Corps.
Governor Owens has not named a replacement.
Meantime, Secretary of State Donetta Davidson says she may also resign.
Spokeswoman Dana Williams says Davidson is under consideration for a federal elections post.