Charles Baker is officially leaving the business world behind for politics.
The former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care president is filing papers Wednesday to enter the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial race as a Republican.
The move comes as Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick sees his stock ebb in polls amid the state's recession and a 25-percent sales tax increase slated to take effect next Saturday.
After years of speculation about whether he might run for governor or U.S. Senate, Baker is taking the plunge with a round of media interviews on Tuesday and the paperwork filing on Wednesday.
The former Weld administration aide then heads to a Boston law firm for his first fundraiser.
Convenience store owner Christy Mihos is also seeking the GOP nomination.
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