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Ex-Democratic Party chief plans run for Va. governor

RICHMOND, Va. — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday he intends to run for governor of Virginia.

After months of speculation over his plans, McAuliffe announced his intentions in a video posted on his Web site. In the video, McAuliffe said he will make his intention to run official on Wednesday as part of a week-long campaign kickoff.

The stops include town hall meetings where McAuliffe will unveil plans for job creation, education and renewable energy.

In November, the 51-year-old established his campaign committee, Friends of Terry McAuliffe, with the State Board of Elections, secured the services of strategist Mike Henry and began touring Virginia, but had not made his candidacy certain.

McAuliffe faces two other Democrats who have been active for nearly a year in an already contentious nomination fight to succeed Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

State Sen. Creigh Deeds narrowly lost the attorney general's race in 2005, and House Democratic Caucus chairman Brian Moran is also in the race.

The Democratic nominee will face Republican Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who is unchallenged for his party's nomination.

A native of upstate New York, McAuliffe has lived in Virginia for about 17 years. He lives in the Washington, D.C., suburb of McLean.

McAuliffe also served as chairman of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and helped her raise tens of millions of dollars.

Ex-Democratic Party chief plans run for Va. governor 01/03/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:47pm]
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