Sen. Bill Montford said Monday that any decision about running for Tallahassee mayor will wait until after the 2018 legislative session, which is scheduled to end in March.
"With that kind of decision, that's something I (have) got to take under advisement," Montford, a Democrat, said after chairing the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee. "I've been elected to represent 11 counties (in the Senate), 500,000 people. I'm flattered there are a number of people here who know me well and who love this community and want me to run for mayor. I respect that. I'm humbled by that."
Montford's name quickly came up after City Commissioner Gil Ziffer withdrew his name from the contest. Ziffer also backed Montford, who is a former Leon County schools superintendent and works as CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.
Current Mayor Andrew Gillum is running for governor this year. Montford, 70, was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and his term ends in 2020.
"I owe the 11 counties I represent a great deal," Montford said. "At this point I'm a senator for District 3, and that's where my full attention is." Montford has time to decide. Qualifying for the August primary and November general election runs June 18 to June 22.