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Bill Richardson to run for New Mexico governor

Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson  

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Bill Richardson, a former energy secretary and congressman, will announce next week that he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New Mexico, his senior adviser said Friday.

Richardson will join several other former members of the Clinton administration who have announced plans to run for office this year.

Other Clinton-era officials who will appear on upcoming ballots include former Attorney General Janet Reno, who is running for governor of Florida; former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, who is running for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina; and White House advisor Rahm Emanuel, who is running for Congress in Illinois.

In addition, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich told CNN Sunday that he is "very likely" to run for governor of Massachusetts.

Richardson served in Congress for 14 years before being appointed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 1997. He was tapped the following year as energy secretary, and was mentioned as a possible running mate for then-Vice President Al Gore.

Richardson's senior advisor, David Contarino, said a formal announcement will be made January 12 in New Mexico.

-- From CNN Senior Political Researcher Robert Yoon




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