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Oakland Mayor and former California Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed Wednesday he will seek the 2006 Democratic nomination for state attorney general. The move will mark Brown’s first run for statewide office in nearly two decades and will likely turn the usually sedate AG’s race into one watched around the country. Brown, 65, announced his intentions in a conference call with reporters Wednesday that was hosted by the office of Gov. Gray Davis. The call was to discuss the Oakland Army Base, but after being asked a question about the AG’s race, Brown said he would run, a Davis spokesman confirmed. A former presidential candidate who was often referred to as “Gov. Moonbeam” during his term in the governor’s office from 1975 to 1983, Brown also served as secretary of state and ran for the U.S. Senate. He lost the Senate race to Republican Pete Wilson. Speculation has swirled for months about whether Brown would run for AG. It came to a head after Brown reactivated his lapsed State Bar membership on May 1. Brown attended Yale Law School but kept his Bar card inactive for the last six years. No Republicans have announced their intention to run. However, Brown will have to contend with Sen. Joseph Dunn, a Democrat from Orange County, for the party’s nomination. Dunn, considered by many observers to be a formidable opponent , was a partner at the Newport Beach plaintiffs firm Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson. With the race still three years away, Dunn has nearly $700,000 in campaign money. Brown has not yet opened a committee to raise money, according to the secretary of state. Also said to be mulling a run is another plaintiffs attorney and Democratic power broker, Joseph Cotchett of Burlingame’s Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy.

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