03/22/2012 02:46 pm ET

Ken Cuccinelli Files Papers To Run For Governor Of Virginia

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is creating a campaign committee to run for governor, according to a news release.

"I am running for governor to continue the work I have undertaken during my tenure as attorney general and as a state senator," said Cuccinelli in a statement. "I will continue my work to strengthen our economy, preserve our liberty, and to promote the principles of smaller, more efficient state government, accountable to the people it serves. I look forward to sharing my vision for the commonwealth following the November elections."

The attorney general said in December that he would run for governor in 2013. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has also announced his intention to run for the seat. Bolling decided not to run for governor in 2009, instead running for re-election as lieutenant governor, and backed Bob McDonnell, who was elected governor. In return, McDonnell vowed to back Bolling in 2013.

Virginia governors can only serve one four-year term.