WWE wrestler Booker T: 'I have indeed decided to run for the office of Mayor'

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- From the ring to a chance to become the city of Houston's next mayor, World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Booker T officially announced his run for office on Tuesday.

"I am happy to report that after great deliberation and with the counsel of my family and friends, I have indeed decided to run for the office of Mayor in the 2019 race," Booker T said in a statement.

Booker T noted his love for Houston and his desire to be a "positive change agent" as reasons for his decision.

"Houston, Texas is my home and regardless of the city, state or country, I may find myself in around the world, I honor my bond with our community and represent Houston to the best of my ability," he said.

Booker T said he will make additional announcements pertaining to his run in upcoming months.

"I look forward to having a dialogue with the voters of Houston and if I am so privileged to serve, I will fight for them as hard as I have fought for myself and my family over the last 30 years," he added.

WWE Legend Stone Cold Steve Austin (right) takes down Booker T during WrestleMania XXVII at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, April 3, 2011.

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Booker T is an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion and a six-time World Champion, according to the WWE.

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