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Reno Plans to Run for Florida Gov.

September 3, 2001

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MIAMI (AP) _ Janet Reno plans to take the first official step Tuesday in the race for Florida governor, setting up a possible matchup between the former attorney general and the president’s brother, The Associated Press has learned.

Reno will file paperwork to enable her to raise money for the gubernatorial bid, two Democratic sources said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Reno said Monday that she planned to announce whether she would seek the office.

``I think you should stay tuned,″ Reno told reporters at a Labor Day picnic near her home in southwest Miami-Dade County on Monday.

Her face shaded by a wide-brimmed straw hat on a steamy afternoon, Reno said she had not ``made up my mind yet″ on the race and planned to make a few last-minute calls to supporters.

``People want somebody who will lead with independence, with strength, who will work hard for what is important,″ Reno said.

Reno is the only potential Democratic candidate who has yet to open a campaign account to begin raising money for the race. She has said she would only open an account if she plans to seek the nomination.

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