Ex-judge says she'll run for Ore. attorney general

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A former judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals says she's running for state attorney general.

The announcement Wednesday from Ellen Rosenblum could set up a race among Democrats for the nomination to succeed John Kroger, the incumbent who isn't seeking re-election, citing health reasons.

A former federal prosecutor, Rosenblum could face another former federal prosecutor, Dwight Holton. He recently resigned to join a Portland law firm.

Kroger told The Oregonian newspaper earlier this week he has encouraged Holton to run. In her announcement, Rosenblum claimed the endorsement of a former governor, Barbara Roberts.

No Republican has announced plans to run. The party has had difficulty getting attorney general candidates and four years ago actually nominated Kroger. This year, GOP officials have vowed to have their own candidate.