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Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher made official today his decision to run for San Diego mayor instead of seeking another term in the Assembly.

The two-term assemblyman cited his experiences in the Legislature and the U.S. Marines in formally announcing his 2012 campaign plans during a morning rally at a local medical device company.

"I'm running for mayor because despite the challenges we face, I see a bright future for our city, an amazing potential, and I want to lead us on that path," he said, according to his prepared remarks. "I have experience overcoming difficult challenges, have demonstrated an ability to lead and get things done, and I know San Diego can do better."

Fletcher might not be the only current state legislator on the ballot for the open seat. Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, announced last week that she is opening an exploratory committee for a possible campaign.

A handful of high-profile local figures are planning or mulling a run, including San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Democratic Rep. Bob Filner and GOP City Councilmen Kevin Faulconer and Carl DeMaio.


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