Johnson running for governor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Bill Johnson has resigned as director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to pursue a Republican campaign for governor.

Johnson was appointed to the Cabinet post by Gov. Bob Riley. Johnson said the governor had given him until Friday to make up his mind about the governor's race, and he decided to jump in.

Johnson says he will hold a formal campaign kickoff in a few weeks.

Johnson joins State Treasurer Kay Ivey, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, state Rep.

Robert Bentley, former two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne, and Greenville businessman Tim James in the GOP primary.

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