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He's running: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett launches campaign for Governor


MILWAUKEE (WSAU) One of the most-anticipated announcements in the 2010 race for Governor is being made Sunday.

Sources say Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has confirmed he will run for Wisconsin governor. The official announcement comes at a noon news conference Sunday.

Barrett told reporters yesterday he had delayed making his decision until he was sure he had recovered from the incident three months ago that left him with head injuries and a damaged hand.

Barrett reportedly has about $800,000 in campaign money -- slightly less than the amount reportedly held now by Republican Scott Walker. Barrett got a lot of attention after the August incident where he defended a woman outside the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. He says he will run on the issues of jobs, education and the economy.

Barrett had been urged by the White House to run for Governor after Jim Doyle announced that he would not seek a third term. There had been earlier reports that Barrett was reluctant to get into the race.