Saying he's ready for new challenges, Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who has been pondering the past six months whether to run for governor, formally announced today he's a candidate for the post in 2010. Edmondson, who said in January he isn't seeking a fifth term and was contemplating a gubernatorial bid, made the announcement in a packed room at the state Capitol, where he began his political career as a state representative in 1974. He is holding similar news conferences in Tulsa and at the county courthouse in Muskogee, where he was elected district attorney in 1982, 1986 and 1990. Democrat Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and two Republicans, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma City and state Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso, already have announced they are running for governor in 2010. Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat in his second term, can’t seek re-election. Campaign reports covering the first three months of this year showed Edmondson had about four times the cash on hand than Askins and Fallin, both of whom had already announced their plans to run for governor. He raised nearly $280,000 during that time period, more than Askins and Fallin combined. "As attorney general, I've fought to protect Oklahomans from crime, I've stood up against special interests and I've taken on corrupt politicians," Edmondson said. "As governor, I'm going to fight just as hard to create good-paying jobs and make sure all Oklahomans have access to quality, affordable health care." Edmondson said he would focus his time as governor on creating new, high-paying jobs in the energy industry. Improving common and higher education and protecting the state's natural resources, especially water, were other priorities, he said. Edmondson made the announcement on his 42nd wedding anniversary. His wife, Linda, who was at his side, said, "We've been a team for a long time."