Turner will not seek election

Rep. Mike Turner, who has toyed with running for mayor in Nashville, announced on the House floor today he will not seek reelection.

“I’ve served here 14 years, and I can honestly say there’s no one I’ve served with I don’t personally like. And I’ve tried not to like some of you,” said Turner, the House Democratic Caucus chairman. “This is a hard place to quit.”

Turner, D-Old Hickory, said early this year he is mulling a bid for mayor in 2015 to replace term-limited Karl Dean, and told the Post last week he is still considering a run for Nashville’s top spot.              

"My time in the legislature may be coming to an end, but I won’t ever stop fighting to make Nashville and Tennessee a better place for all,” he said in a press release.