Tubbs Jones Decides Against Running For Governor

CLEVELAND (AP) - U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (pictured, right) said that she won't run for governor, but is running for a third term in the House of Representatives instead.

Tubbs Jones said that she considered a run for governor because the state needs strong leadership on issues such as education, healthcare and economic development.

Tubbs Jones also said that she considered the lack of black governors in the U.S. She is the only black member of Ohio's congressional delegation.

Ultimately, she decided that her place is in Congress, not the statehouse.

Democrats and labor leaders had asked her last year to run for governor against Republican incumbent Bob Taft in November.

The only Democrat officially in the governor's race is former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Tim Hagan.

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