North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley says he has little interest in running for elected office again and expects the desire to wane as he gets older.
Easley leaves office next month after eight years and gives way to successor Beverly Perdue.
Easley told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday he had been urged by Senate Democrats in Washington to run this year for the seat held by Republican Elizabeth Dole. But Easley has said he wasn't interested in the Senate.
Easley said he still doesn't know what he'll do once he leaves the Executive Mansion. He expects some of his time will involve focusing on education.
He and his wife plan to keep homes in Southport and Raleigh. Mary Easley will continue to work at North Carolina State University.