Georgia 2018: Columbus mayor won't run for higher office next year

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has decided against running for governor or any other statewide office, though she's exploring a U.S. Senate bid in 2020.

Tomlinson told The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Wednesday that she came "pretty close" to launching a campaign to succeed Republican Gov. Nathan Deal but decided instead to focus on her final stretch as the west Georgia city's mayor and her stint as chair of Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.