AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Former state Comptroller John Sharp filed documents today to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Kay Bailey Hutichison.
In a news release, the Democrat announced that he's filed campaign papers with the Federal Elections Commission. He also says he'd work to halt Wall Street bailouts and focus instead on using emergency funds to give homeowners mortgage relief.
Hutchison's Senate term ends in 2012, but she's said she may leave the Senate as early as next year to campaign for governor. She's formed an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2010.
If she leaves her Senate seat before her term ends in 2012, the governor would appoint a replacement until a special election is held.
Another Democrat, Houston Mayor Bill White, has also announced plans to run for the seat.
Other candidates who have announced plans to get in the Senate race at some point include four Republicans: State Senator Florence Shapiro of Plano, Railroad Commissioners Michael Williams and Elizabeth Ames Jones, and former Secretary of State Roger Williams.
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