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Battle to sit out gubernatorial race

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Tommy Battle has decided not to run for governor of Alabama in the 2014 election term. Tommy Battle has decided not to run for governor of Alabama in the 2014 election term.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said Tuesday that he has decided not to enter the 2014 gubernatorial race.

He was approached by several organizations about running, with conversations starting after his re-election in the fall of 2012. He had polls and analysis done to get an idea of what voters wanted. He met with mayors from Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery this week.

"This has not been an easy decision to make," Battle said in a statement released on his website at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

"My honest answer was that I already have a full-time job that I love -- advocating for and caring for the City of Huntsville. To be mayor of Huntsville is a dream job, and I do not believe there are greener pastures elsewhere."

Running for governor would have been an intense six months of campaigning that would have taken him away from what he's trying to do with the goals of road projects, improving education and bringing jobs to the area.

He didn't shut the door on campaigning in the future, but for now, he's 14 months into his second term to make Huntsville better.

He said the support and encouragement that he and his wife have received while looking at the possibility of entering the statewide race has been "overwhelming."

Battle said he still has work to do in Huntsville and "our vision for what can be, for the things we can do, isn't finished."

To read his entire statement, visit his website.

Primary elections for statewide offices are set for June 3, 2014. The filing deadline for that primary is February 7. The General Election in which Alabamians will vote on the governor's race will be November 4.

So far, only three people have announced they're running for governor. Incumbent Republican Robert Bentley will face a challenge from former Morgan County Commissioner Stacy George and former pro baseball player Kevin Bass is the lone Democrat running.

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