San Antonio Mayor Castro says he's not running for governor in 2014

San Antonio Mayor Castro says he's not running for governor in 2014

Credit: Gary Cooper / KENS 5

San Antonio Mayor Castro says he's not running for governor in 2014

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by Gary Cooper / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:33 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Some politicos have predicted Texas could be a majority Democratic state in as soon as 10 years time. Speculation of San Antonio’s Mayor Julian Castro running for governor in 2014 has added fuel to Texas turning blue.

Despite all the hubbub, Castro told KENS 5 on Thursday that he's staying put in San Antonio.

“In fact, on February 2, I am going to announce my re-election and I’m looking forward to running and getting some more good stuff done here in San Antonio,” Castro said while walking to a City Council meeting.

Current Governor Rick Perry, who has held office since 2001, has not ruled out another run at the state's top office, but has yet to formally announce anything. Perry has said that his focus is on the current legislative session.

“A lot of people want to talk about what’s going to happen 2014, 2016," he said. "My advice is: Better focus on the next 140 days because that’s what's important to the people of Texas.”

Should Perry decide to run for governor in 2014, his main competitor will most likely be Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Perry said, “I’m real focused, which I hope the general is too on this legislative session and issues that are facing this country."

Regardless of who runs, Castro said it's all speculation.

“It’s funny how every time right after an election there is a whole bunch of speculation about the next election which is completely untrue,” Castro said.

Perry said he will announce his plans for the future at the end of the legislative session.

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