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Dwight Bullard won't run for Artiles' seat in Miami-Dade



Former state Sen. Dwight Bullard said Thursday he won't run for Sen. Frank Artiles' seat in Miami-Dade.

"After much thought and personal reflection, I have decided at this time not to run for this office," said Bullard, a Democrat who said he will focus on his role as political director for the New Florida Majority.

Gov. Rick Scott hasn't set a date for a special election yet and a spokeswoman didn't indicate his timeline Thursday. Artiles resigned earlier this month after using racist and sexist language toward African-American senators. 

In addition to our earlier list of individuals who said they will or might run, political consultant Christian Ulvert said he will run and State Rep. Daisy Baez said she is very likely to run and will decide this weekend. Both Ulvert and Baez are Democrats.

District 40 in southwest Miami-Dade is a heavily Hispanic district that leans left but it is expected to be a competitive race.

- with Mary Ellen Klas