Cheyenne Democratic Representative James Byrd has announced he's seeking re-election.

The 62-year-old has represented House District 44 since 2009 and currently holds the legislative leadership position of Minority Caucus Chair.

"Now is not the time to leave the legislature when we are headed into a serious economic downturn in jobs and revenue from declining energy sectors," said Byrd.

"We need to take a hard look at how we support and encourage new business development in the state along with developing next generation markets for our existing energy and minerals portfolio," added Byrd.

Byrd is currently the only candidate to have announced for the seat.