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Judge Price Declines Bid for Governor

Montgomery, Alabama –
(AP) - Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles
Price says he won't run for governor.
Some leaders of the black wing of the state Democratic Party,
the Alabama Democratic Conference, had been encouraging Price to
enter next year's Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Artur Davis
and Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks. Price said Monday he
appreciated the encouragement and gave the contest serious thought.
But he said he's been a judge 26 years and that's what he wants
to continue to do.
Price is one of Alabama's best known judges. He received the
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 1997, and Montgomery
County's courthouse was recently named in his honor. State law
would have required Price to resign his judgeship if he had entered
the governor's race.

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