A veteran legislator from El Paso who fueled speculation that he was considering a bid for governor says he will not seek statewide office in 2010.
State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh in October announced he would not seek re-election, but he declined to rule out a run for higher office.
The 57-year-old Democrat on Monday said he would not be on the ballot next year.
Shapleigh, who has been a critic of GOP Gov. Rick Perry, says White can win.