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Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray will not run for governor in 2014

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Lt. Governor Timothy Murray announced Friday that he will not run for governor or any other state office in 2014.

"I've made it clear that I was going to be deliberating and talking about this and taking council from people. And, having a 7- and 6-year-old, having gone through the last campaign when they were 4 and 5. It's just not a commitment that I'm prepared to make out the next 22 months and if successful the next four years," Murray said.

It has been speculated for months that Murray would run, but he says a combination of factors including his family, his current job responsibilities and the amount of time a campaign would take led him to his decision not to.

"You're committing to six years of your life, 24/7. And, at this point in my life and that of my family, I'm just not going to do that," Murray said. "I think what I said at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is like a lot of people. I'd like to be governor, but it is a decision that is weighed upon what you think you can contribute with the impact on your family."

When pressed by media whether his decision has anything to do with his November 2011 accident he avoided the subject and said it was a personal decision.

"Listen I have answered any questions in that regard, today is about what I want to do with my family," Murray said.

According to an Associated Press review of state campaign finance records, Murray collected almost $450 000 in contributions through the end of December.

Gov. Deval Patrick has announced he will not run for a third term and as of now State Treasurer Steven Grossman, State Sen. Daniel Wolf and Dr. Donald Berwick have all expressed interest in running on the Democratic ticket for governor.

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