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Mayor Coleman launches bid for Ohio Governor

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is the first Democrat in next year's race for Ohio governor.

Coleman announced he will run for the office Tuesday from his home. He's been mayor of Ohio's biggest city since 1999 and was re-elected in 2003. He will not have to give up his job to run.

Other Democrats said to be interested in the job are Congressman Sherrod Brown of Lorain, TV talk show host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer and former Attorney General Lee Fisher of Cleveland.

Republicans in the race include Attorney General Jim Petro, state Auditor Betty Montgomery and Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell.

By law, Governor Taft can't seek a third consecutive four-year term.