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Charlie Weaver opts against run for GOP's governor nomination

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Republican with deep ties to the Minnesota business community has decided against a run for governor next year.

Minnesota Business Partnership Executive Director Charlie Weaver said Monday he won't get into the wide-open race. Weaver had been mulling a campaign since incumbent GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty ruled out a third-term bid.

Weaver is a former state legislator, state agency commissioner and chief of staff to Pawlenty.

He said he wasn't prepared to make the personal and professional sacrifice needed for a statewide campaign.

There are seven Republicans vying for the party nomination and 11 candidates seeking the Democratic Party nod.