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Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy announces his last-minute bid for re-election

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KINSTON, N.C. -

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy has announced a last-minute bid for re-election.

Murphy, 32,  is Kinston's youngest mayor and the first Republican mayor in more than a hundred years. He was elected in 2009.

When 9 On Your Side talked with him back in February, he said his reason for not running was a re-dedication to his family and business.

"My family has sacrificed time with me so that I could give back to my hometown. We have simply decided that although I have a calling to serve, my family and business career need me more right now," he said.

But now Murphy has changed his tune. On Friday morning he released this statement to 9 On Your Side:

"My wife asked me to reconsider my decision to not run again. We started praying about it. Along the lines, I've had a ton of supporters in the community ask me to reconsider via phone calls, text messages, and Facebook. It's been overwhelming and we decided it was the right decision for us."

Murphy plans to file at the Lenoir County Board of Elections at 11 o'clock Friday morning.

Kinston will elect its next mayor in November.

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