A Houston City Council member said Sunday that he would not run against Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018, weeks after publicly considering a gubernatorial bid.

Dwight Boykins, a Democrat representing District D, said in a statement late Sunday that he would “remain committed” to the residents of south Houston and pass on this year’s race.

Boykins in late November said that he met “hardworking people” across the state, and some asked him to consider running against Abbott.

He was elected in 2013 and reelected in 2015.

Filing for the 2018 races ends Monday. Andrew White, a Houston entrepreneur, is running as a conservative Democrat. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez also seeks to challenge Abbott as a Democrat.

Houston electronics businessman Joe Mumbach, Dallas financial analyst Adrian Ocegueda, retired Flint teacher Grady Yarbrough, former Balch Springs Mayor Cedric Davis Sr. and San Antonio businessman Tom Wakely have also filed to enter the race.

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