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Castor won't run for governor

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 15, 2001

Former University of South Florida President Betty Castor says she will not run for governor next year.

Castor, 59, a former Florida education commissioner and state senator, said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times earlier this week that she was fielding calls from people urging her to seek the Democratic nomination for governor but had not decided what to do.

On Wednesday, she told the Times she had decided to stay put in her job as president of a national board that sets standards for classroom teaching. She took that post in 1999 after spending about six years as the USF president.

Castor also called state Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe on Wednesday to tell him she would not enter the race.

"She wanted to let me know that she had thought about it and she was out," Poe said.

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