Troy Chancellor says 'no' to governor's race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins says he has decided not to run for governor in 2010.

Hawkins said Wednesday in Montgomery that he had received lots of encouragement to run for governor as a Republican.

But he decided he was more passionate about Troy than pursuing public office.

Greenville businessman Tim James is so far the only declared Republican candidate to succeed Republican Gov. Bob Riley.

Other Republicans eyeing the race but haven't declared include state two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, state Rep. Robert Bentley, Birmingham lawyer Luther Strange, state House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard and State Treasurer Kay Ivey.

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