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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer won't run for governor



From the News Service of Florida:

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has decided against challenging Gov. Rick Scott in the 2014 elections, he announced Wednesday.

"So, after careful consideration, I've decided that I will not run for governor," Dyer said to applause at the end of his annual "State of the City" address. "I believe that I have a responsibility to the people of Orlando to finish what we started."

Dyer said at the Democratic National Convention last year that he was considering a gubernatorial bid. He said Wednesday that he had come to a decision after thinking about whether his time would be better spent on the campaign trial or working at City Hall.

"When you boil it down to that question, the decision was remarkably easy," he said.

Dyer is the latest Democratic hopeful to pour cold water on the idea of a run in 2014; former state Chief Financial Officer and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink said last week that she was far less likely to run after the death of her husband, Bill McBride. Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, is considered likely to be the party's frontrunner, particularly if Sink decides not to run.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:24pm]


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