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Attorney General King To Run for Gov.

The 2012 election cycle is still up for grabs, but New Mexico Attorney General Gary King is eying 2014.

King, a two-term attorney general and son of three-term New Mexico Gov. Bruce King, said today he plans to run for governor in 2014.

“I’m very dedicated to this,” King said of his election plans today in an interview with the Journal. “…I think that my family history brings a lot of public service and service to the people of New Mexico to the table, and I’d like to continue the service I started.”

King is the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring for the 2014 gubernatorial contest. If nominated by Democrats, King would likely face Gov. Susana Martinez running for re-election.

King previously ran for governor in 2002, but yielded the Democratic primary race to former Gov. Bill Richardson. Richardson at the time was running for his first term as the state’s chief executive.

The announcement comes amid a scuffle between King, Martinez and the state Legislature over the use of private email to conduct political business on state government time.