After toying with idea of Louisiana gubernatorial bid, Russel Honore’ says he won’t run _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Retired United States Army Lt. General Russel Honore talks to concerned citizens gathered at the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, La. Thursday, June 26, 2014. He was addressing the issue of the Recovery School Districts plans to build a new school on the site of the now mostly demolished Booker T. Washington School which in 1940 was built atop the former Silver City dump. The land still contains toxic materials. The RSD plan calls for closing Walter L. Cohn High School and moving the students to the new school. Honore is a member of the dnvoirmental activist group The Green Army.

After teasing a possible gubernatorial bid for several weeks, Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has decided he won’t be entering this year’s race.

In a lengthy statement released Wednesday, Honoré said he wants to continue to be an advocate for Louisiana residents — just not by seeking elected office.

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Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, speaks during the 2015 Flag Day Ceremony at the USS Kidd Museum. (Advocate photo)

“[A]fter much thought and reflection over the past several weeks, I’ve concluded that I can best continue to serve the state I love by, not by becoming a politician and running for governor, but by working with the good people of Louisiana to reorder our political priorities and hold all of our elected officials accountable to the people they swear to serve,” he said in the statement. “I look forward to spending the coming weeks before our statewide elections encouraging our citizens to become actively engaged in examining the records and policy platforms of the candidates for governor and the legislature. Our future is at stake, and we need everyone who cares about Louisiana to do their part by becoming informed, actively involved and turning out to vote.”