U.S. Washington State attorney general announces race for governor

08:49, June 10, 2011      

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Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna speaks to his supporters at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, Washington State of the United States, June 8, 2011. Rob McKenna officially announced his race for governor Wednesday night. (Xinhua/Zhang Zhiyu)

Rob McKenna, the Republican attorney general in the U.S. state of Washington, officially kicked off his campaign for governor Wednesday night.

McKenna said in his campaign announcement that a new direction is needed in state government. He listed job creation, investments in public education, and more efficient government as the three major areas that he will target.

"It's important to know what the election is about when you are running for office," said McKenna, who has been attorney general since 2004. "It's about those three topics and they are connected with one another."

Washington state hasn't had a Republican governor since John Spellman left office after one term in 1985.

Governor Chris Gregoire, the two-term Democratic incumbent, hasn't decided whether or not to seek a third term. She said earlier that she would talk to her family and decide by the end of the month.

Source: Xinhua

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