Lt. Gov to seek re-election

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr. says he will run for re-election next year.

Folsom said Wednesday he has received a good deal of encouragement to make a Democratic campaign for governor but he has decided to seek re-election instead.

Folsom said he's optimistic about what can be accomplished in the state Senate and wants to continue his role as the Senate's presiding officer.

Immediately after hearing of Folsom's decision not to compete against him in the governor's race, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis (D- Bham) issued the following statement:

"I greatly respect and like both Jim and Marsha Folsom. He will be a valued part of the Democratic ticket as Lieutenant Governor and if both of us are successful in 2010, he will be invited to be a genuine partner in my efforts to revive Alabama's economy.  Whoever ends up running for governor, I will continue to prepare to take my case to voters in every sector of this state."

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