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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 16, 2014) - The Republican Party is still looking for a candidate after State Senator Jim Merritt announced he will not run for mayor of Indianapolis. The senator and majority caucus chair said it would have been difficult to campaign and keep up with the legislative session.

“It just wasn’t fair to the Republican Party, it wasn’t fair to the citizens of Indianapolis and I chose that I need to pay attention to what I was elected to do and the leadership that I have in the statehouse," said Merritt.

This isn't the first time Merritt has considered running for Indianapolis mayor. He also weighed the idea back in 2007.

The Marion County Republican Party is in talks with potential candidates but declined to say how many people are considering a run for the mayor's office. Chairman Kyle Walker said an announcement is unlikely before the holiday.

“The folks that I’ve spoken to they’re a combination of they all have something different to bring to the table or a little bit different characteristics, some have significant name ID already and others maybe not so much but they have a broad base of support within their communities," said Walker.

Although Senator Merritt decided against running for mayor he still has his eyes on another possible campaign. He told FOX59 he wants to run for governor one day--perhaps as soon as 2016 if Mike Pence leaves office to run for president.