Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill last week formally announced his candidacy for governor in the 2010 general election.

Cahill is running as an independent. He left the Democratic party earlier this year, saying the party “no longer reflected his values and beliefs,” according to his campaign Web site. He will face Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick, who plans to run for re-election, and the Republican party’s gubernatorial candidate.

Cahill has served as treasurer since 2002. During his tenure, he established a new bonding agency, the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which oversees school facility construction in the Bay State.

Prior to becoming state treasurer, Cahill served as Norfolk County treasurer and as a Quincy City Council member, where he was chair of the finance committee. He has a bachelor’s degree in in political science from Boston University.

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