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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- J.C. Watts has announced he will not run for governor in 2010.

Watts says after considering his options with his wife and family, he decided now is not the time to make a run for the state's highest post.

"I have observed with great interest and pride the progress my state is making under the bold and innovative leadership of the state legislature. Nothing would give me greater joy and satisfaction than to go work with these leaders to grow and prosper Oklahoma. However, my current business and contractual obligations create hurdles that I cannot overcome at this time."

In a news release, former Oklahoma congressman J.C. Watts says whoever runs must put their best foot forward.

"Oklahoma has much to offer both nationally and internationally. I would challenge the candidates running for governor to put their best foot forward to advocate for us on both stages."

Watts says he was humbled and honored that some many Oklahomans had asked him to run for governor.

So far for the Republicans, Congressman Mary Fallin of Oklahoma City and state Senator Randy Brogdon of Owasso have announced they are seeking the job.