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Jerry Brown Begins Official Steps for a Run at Governor

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It has been all but official until now. Attorney General and former Governor Jerry Brown filed papers for the "Brown for Governor 2010 Exploratory Committee." The move allows him fundraise more aggressively as he decides whether or not to run for the state's top position.

The 71-year-old Brown, who already has raised more campaign money than Democratic opponent, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, may not decide to run until next year. "He's focused on doing his job as attorney general," a spokesperson said. "Second, he wants to be very thoughtful about this decision. There is no need to rush it."

In a brief statement issued tonight, Newsom said "we're looking forward to a robust discussion about the issues facing California and who is the best person to take this state in a new direction."