Gov. Jerry Brown Files for Re-Election in California

Image: California Governor Brown announces emergency drought legislation at the CalO ES State Operations Center in Mather
California Governor Jerry Brown announces emergency drought legislation at the CalO ES State Operations Center in Mather, California, February 19, 2014. Brown announced legislation on Wednesday to provide $687 million in emergency drought relief to the parched state, where half a million acres of cropland could go idle in a record production loss. Brown, joined at a press conference by Democratic legislative leaders, said the plan would give money for food and housing to workers impacted by the drought as well as fund projects to conserve, capture and manage water in parched communities. REUTERS/Max Whittaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)MAX WHITTAKER / Reuters

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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Thursday that he took out papers to run for re-election in 2014, seeking a fourth term as governor. (He served from 1974-82 as well as his present term.)

Brown's revival -- as well as California's -- is one of the more fascinating political stories. A Public Policy Institute of California poll released last month found the governor with a 58% approval rating in his state. Brown is 75.

“At this stage of my life, I can say--without any hesitation--that I am prepared and excited to tackle [the] challenges and the many others that lay before us. In fact, there is nothing I would rather do. So today, I have taken out the papers to run for re-election,” he said in a statement on his campaign website.

“If you had asked me 40 years ago--when I first ran for governor--what I would be doing in 2014, I could never have guessed. Nor could anyone else. Yet, by the grace of God and habits of perseverance instilled in me by my family, the Dominican nuns and the Jesuits, I am here and ready to go.”