(Harrisburg) -- Former Pennsylvania environmental protection secretary Kathleen McGinty says she's seriously considering running for governor.
McGinty has told The Associated Press she'll take a leave from her job as an executive with West Chester-based Weston Solutions to concentrate full-time on the prospective campaign.
The 49-year-old Democrat has filed papers to form a political action committee called "New Jobs, Bright Future PA" so she can raise money.
McGinty, who headed the Department of Environmental Protection for five years under Gov. Ed Rendell, joins more than half-dozen other Democrats who are considering running or already in the race.
The Chester County resident calls herself "a centrist, pro-jobs, pro-growth, and pro-environment" candidate. She says she's considering running because she's "intensely passionate about Pennsylvania's future."
*This story has been updated to correct McGinty's home county to Chester, instead of Delaware 3/19/2012 6:25 p.m.
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