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Michael Cox says he won't run for Pasco County Commission

With no other candidates to emerge so far in the race, Pasco County Commissioner Henry Wilson seems to be cruising to re-election.

Former Commissioner Michael Cox ended months of speculation this week when he said he would not challenge the Republican — leaving Wilson the lone candidate in the District 4 commission race. The filing deadline to enter the race is in June.

Wilson and Cox have a tangled political history: Wilson defeated Cox, then an incumbent, four years ago. Cox has since hinted at a rematch, most recently last summer, but the Democrat put all speculation to rest Wednesday when he said there was "too much going on in my personal life" to allow him to run.

Cox, a financial adviser, left Morgan Stanley two years ago to work for Wells Fargo. While his new employer has expressed no opposition to Cox re-entering politics, he said he's been consumed with work and feels he owes Wells Fargo his full attention. The county commission job often involves all-day meetings as well as scores of public appearances and other activities.

Lately, Cox's free time has been consumed setting up a new chamber of commerce in Trinity.

"There are a lot of good things going on in my life," he said.

Wilson, who filed to run for re-election last July, has so far raised about $14,500 for his campaign.

Michael Cox says he won't run for Pasco County Commission 03/06/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 2:23pm]
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