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Sentinel: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to seek re-election in 2019

The mayor had been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace the outgoing president of the University of Central Florida.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Buddy Dyer won't seek to become the University of Central Florida's next president, opting instead to run for another term as Orlando's mayor in 2019.

Dyer, who has previously expressed an interest in the UCF presidency, said Monday he was caught "a little bit off-guard" when UCF President John Hitt a week ago revealed his plans to retire June 30. Dyer said he has since received a flood of calls and messages about his future.

"I love this job and I tell everybody every day that I have the best job in America and I'm the happiest mayor in America," said Dyer in an exclusive interview with the Orlando Sentinel.

Dyer, 59, cited major projects not yet complete as factors in his decision to stay put, including the Creative Village, the final phase of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and a SunRail extension to Orlando International Airport.

"I truly enjoy this position," he said. "It's rewarding and I like the positive-leadership aspect and the things that we've been able to accomplish, but yet I have far more things that I haven't finished."

During his 2015 re-election campaign, Dyer had called the UCF president job "the one position" that would prompt him to consider leaving the mayor's office.

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