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  [MA] Capuano says he won't be running for governor in 2006
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Last EditedArmyDem  Jan 07, 2005 07:13pm
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News DateFriday, January 7, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Associated Press
Friday, January 7, 2005

BOSTON - The field of potential Democratic candidates for the 2006 governor's race is already shrinking.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano [related, bio] said Friday he's decided not to pursue the party's nomination for the corner office, saying he wants to focus on working in Washington on issues like Social Security, affordable housing and lobbying for transportation dollars for Massachusetts.

``After much personal deliberation with my family and those closest to me, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for governor,'' Capuano said in a statement. ``As much as I am attracted to the campaign and the possibility of serving the entire Commonwealth, I have decided that my efforts over the next two years are best focused in Washington.''

Capuano's name had surfaced as a possible Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Mitt Romney [related, bio], who announced recently that he plans to run for re-election next year.
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