Another Democratic elected official has said no to running for North Carolina governor -- this time U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler.
The western North Carolina congressman put out a statement Tuesday saying it was an honor to be discussed as a candidate but that now is not his time.
Shuler is a three-term House member planning to run for re-election in the refigured 11th District stretching from the foothills west to the Tennessee and Georgia borders. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx said earlier Tuesday he would forego a statewide race this year.
Two Democrats already have entered the gubernatorial race -- Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison.
Gov. Beverly Perdue announced last week she would not seek re-election.
Charlotte's Democratic mayor says he isn't running for North Carolina governor.
Anthony Foxx said Tuesday the short time before May's primary would take too much time away from his young family and the issues facing Charlotte.
Gov. Beverly Perdue announced last week she will not seek a second term, stunning fellow Democrats and sending them scrambling to find a candidate.
Foxx is black and supporters felt he could have helped to bring out Democratic voters. Charlotte is hosting the Democratic National Convention in September, when President Barack Obama will get his party's nomination for re-election.
Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory is the only announced Republican running for governor. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and state Rep. Bill Faison of Orange County have announced they're seeking the Democratic nomination.
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