EAST TEXAS NOTE (KTRE) - Texas Governor Rick Perry put pen to paper and filed for re-election Thursday morning.
The governor walked through the doors of the Republican Party Office in Downtown Austin just before 10 a.m. Inside the press room, Perry signed his name on the file in front of a room of supporters and media. "I love Texas. Anita and I are fully convinced that we have the fundamentals in place to lead," said Perry, "In the years to come we need principal conservative leadership with the proven ability to make the tough choices that will keep Texas moving forward."
Perry has held the seat of governor of the State of Texas since 2000. Hutchison is expected to file for the primary on Monday. "The future well-being of our country resides with the states, with experienced leaders," said Perry, "That's why I'm seeking re-election."
This election, he's facing competition from US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. "My roots are here. I understand the issues of East Texas and I will be a great governor for East Texas," Hutchison said during a campaign stop in East Texas in August. Hutchison owns property in Nacogdoches and said she spent many summers there as a child and still supports numerous projects for the region.
Thursday marked the first day candidates could file for state office. Republicans and Democrats are signing up for a spot in the March 2nd party primaries.
Houston Mayor Bill White is expected to file for a run at the governor's seat. He is expected to file his name on Friday with the Democratic Party. Other candidates who want a spot have until January 4 to file.
Winners of the March primary will compete in the November 2010 general election. Perry is seeking an unprecedented third term. He says he has a strong record, but that there's more work to do.