Secretary of State Karen Handel files for 2010 Georgia governor's race

As expected, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel is officially in the race for governor in 2010.

Handel filed the paperwork to form a campaign committee on Friday. She will seek the Republican nomination.

“After prayerful consideration and with the support of my husband Steve, I have decided to run for governor," she said in a news release. "I am humbled by the level of support I am receiving from all across Georgia and I'm looking forward to the campaign. Our next Governor will face many difficult challenges. I look forward to meeting those challenges with exciting new ideas and a vision that will put us on the path to growth and prosperity.”

Fred Cooper will serve as her campaign chairman.