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EAST LANSING (LANSING STATE JOURNAL)- State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, considered a key contender to challenge Gov. Rick Synder in 2014, announced today she will not run for governor.

Whitmer, an East Lansing Democrat and Senate minority Democratic leader, told supporters in an email that family considerations prompted her not to seek the state's top post.
Whitmer had never actually announced she would run against Snyder, but, until today, she hadn't ruled it out.

"It's a fight that I know we can win, but the question I've had to ask myself over the past several months is whether I can be the one to lead it," Whitmer wrote. "I've said all along that I wouldn't be making this decision alone, but rather would be doing it along with my family, and in particular, what's best for my 2 girls. They're 9 and 10 years old now, and without question, being their Mom is the single most important thing in the world to me. "

The email, however, did not rule out a 2014 run for other state posts, such as attorney general. She filed papers to run for attorney general in 2010 before backing out of the race, also then citing family considerations.

Whitmer could not be reached this morning for further comment.
Whitmer, a Lansing native, worked as a corporate attorney specializing in administrative and regulatory law before winning election to the state House of Representatives in 2000.

She served in that post until 2006. At that time she was the victor in a special election to replace Virg Bernero as state senator after he won election as Lansing mayor.

State Journal staff writer Kristen Daum contributed to this report.