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Sandoval says he plans to stay 4 years if re-elected

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval delivers the State of the State address at the Legislature in Carson City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval delivers the State of the State address at the Legislature in Carson City on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval today filed for re-election to a second term and said he intends to serve a full four years.

Political observers have speculated that Sandoval might cut his term short to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2016.

The governor said he intends to run an aggressive campaign, regardless of who challenges him, and will focus on improving education, mental health and other issues if he is re-elected.

Sandoval said he wants to expand all-day kindergarten and English learning courses and that pre-kindergarten is another priority.

Candidate filing continues through March 14. While others have filed for the office, none are well known and Democrats have yet to field a favorite.

In his previous position as attorney general, Sandoval left early to become a federal judge and then left the bench early to run for governor.

“My intention is to serve a full four years,” he said today.

So far, Sandoval has raised $2.8 million in campaign funds and has spent $800,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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