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Fallin to Seek Governor's Post in 2010

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By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The speculation has been there for months, and now 5th District Representative Mary Fallin is officially throwing her hat in the ring for the 2010 Governor's race.

She confirmed that decision during the Oklahoma County Republican Convention in Del City Saturday morning. When asked if she would forego a third term in her current seat to run for the governor's office, she replied:

"I've had to make some pretty tough decisions on behalf of our nation the last couple of years, but when it comes to making decisions about the future of Oklahoma and the leadership of Oklahoma and the Governor of Oklahoma, my answer is ‘Yes.'"

There is no formal announcement on Fallin's Web site or her YouTube channel, and also no Twitter feeds from the gubernatorial hopeful.

Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts is considering a run for governor, as well as State Senator Randy Brogdon of Owasso. U.S. Representative Tom Cole's name has also been mentioned as a contender.

On the Democratic side, Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins will run for the office. Attorney General Drew Edmondson has said he's also considering his candidacy.

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