Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, the first Republican woman elected to the state's highest post, says she will not run for re-election next year.
Speaking in Hartford Monday, Rell thanked residents for their support and for giving her the honor of serving the state.
Rell said there isn't just one reason for her decision. But she has faced a tough battle and declining approval ratings for her handling of the state's budget problems. She's pledged to use the remainder of her term to work on the budget.
Rell took office in 2004, after former Governor John Rowland resigned amidst a corruption scandal. She ran and was elected to office in 2006.
Her decision not to run in 2010 could potentially open up the field to Democrats. Several Democrats have already expressed their interest in the post. Former House Speaker James Amman is running, and businessman Ned Lamont, who defeated Senator Joseph Lieberman in the Democratic Senate primary, has said he's forming an exploratory committee.