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Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 5:45 p.m.

Republican Bruce Castor, a Montgomery County commissioner, has decided not to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014, he said on Tuesday in a Facebook post.

Castor wrote that he decided not to run after “a great deal of consideration.” He could not be reached.

“I want to thank all those who encouraged and advised me over the last six months,” he wrote online. “Simply put, my duties as Montgomery County commissioner, a lawyer with Elliott Greenleaf and the responsibilities to my family, make a massive undertaking such as running for governor impossible for me this election cycle.”

Castor told Tribune-Review editors and reporters last month that he wanted a rematch with Corbett, to whom he lost the 2004 primary race for state attorney general, but that it would be months before he decided whether Corbett is sufficiently vulnerable to merit a re-election challenge.

A Quinnipiac University poll in April found Corbett's disapproving rating at 38 percent and showed that three likely Democratic challengers — state Treasurer Rob McCord, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak — could beat the Shaler Republican by margins of 9, 13 and 14 percentage points, respectively.

Castor, 51, a former district attorney, is serving a second term as commissioner.

Salena Zito is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at

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