Gov. Rick Perry already holds the record for the longest serving governor in state history, but today he filed to paperwork to officially become a Republican candidate for an unprecedented third term in office.
Of course, Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina hope to stop Perry in his tracks in the March 2 GOP primary. Hutchison is expected to formally file for the race Friday shortly before Houston Mayor Bill White jumps into the Democratic gubernatorial contest.
Perry became governor in December 2000 when then-Gov. George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry became the longest serving governor in Texas history in December 2008. If he wins this election, he will serve through 2014.
Perry said he will run on his record of service as governor while looking forward to working to improve the state’s infrastructure as well as higher and public education.
Perry said he saw no reason to step aside and let Hutchison have a go at running the state.
“Mack Brown has been the head coach of the University of Texas for longer than I’ve been governor, and I don’t hear anyone calling for him to step down,” Perry said after signing his paperwork at the headquarters of the Republican Party of Texas.