Former Dickson resident Sara Peery Kyle announced Thursday she will not seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Bill Haslam this fall. Kyle was the last woman and other than former Gov. Phil Bredesen the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee when she was elected to the Public Service Commission in 1994. A 1970 graduate of Dickson High School, Kyle had confirmed during the summer that she was considering making a run for governor and was conducting a statewide “listening” tour. But in a brief announcement yesterday, Kyle said she will not run in 2014. “After much deliberation, I have decided not to run for governor in 2014. I have been so blessed to receive support and encouragement from thousands of my fellow Tennesseans,” Kyle said. The 61-year-old former school teacher, public defender and attorney served for almost 20 years as a director of the Public Service Commission, which became the Tennessee Regulatory Authority in 1996. She resigned in March, saying changes made by Haslam have rendered the TRA ineffective. Kyle was the last high-profile Democrat reported to be considering a challenge to Haslam. While she was considering a gubernatorial campaign, Kyle also was dealing with the illness and eventual death of her mother, long-time Dickson resident Emma Gene Clement Peery. Mrs. Peery died Dec. 18 at the age of 88 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A Celebration of Life service for Mrs. Peery will be at 2 pm Sunday at the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum. Visitation with the family will be noon-2 pm and refreshments will be served following the service. Mrs. Peery was the sister of the late Gov. Frank Clement and Sen. Anna Belle Clement O’Brien and wife of the late Bruce Peery.