WORCESTER, Mass. (WGGB) – Lt. Governor Timothy Murray has announced that he will not seek the state’s highest office in 2014.
Murray told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette that “It’s something I have been thinking about for some time” but has decided against a run for governor, citing the demands of running a campaign and serving in that office, and a wish to spend more time with his family as reasons behind his decision.
“When I look at the next 20 months, how do I do my job with the issues in my portfolio? How do I run a campaign that my supporters and the people of Massachusetts deserve, and be a father to two daughters, who are 6 and 7 years old, and a husband to my wife, and I don’t know how I could do all of those things well,” Murray said in an interview with the paper.
After Governor Deval Patrick noted that this would be his third and final term in office, speculation began that Murray would run in 2014.
Murray, who previously served as a city councilor and Mayor of Worcester, notes that his decision was made after discussions with his wife and supporters during the holiday season.
While making this news Friday about his plans for 2014, Murray didn’t rule out future political ambitions. He told the paper, “To me, this is a chapter. It’s not the end of the book. I may be a fairly young politician, but I am an old father.”