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Hair-Care Pioneer Vows $10M Run For Governor

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2009  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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Hair-Care Pioneer Vows $10M Run For Governor

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Charlie Sheen, Farouk Shami and Brooke Mueller attend the opening of PEEPSHOW at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on April 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

A wealthy Houston businessman says he will use $10 million of his own money in his Democratic primary bid for governor.

Hair care executive Farouk Shami said he plans a formal campaign announcement Nov. 19.  Shami, the founder and chairman of Farouk Systems Inc., invented ammonia-free hair coloring, the popular Biosilk line and the CHI iron and styling products.  

In July Shami announced his decision to bring to Texas 1,200 of Farouk System's manufacturing jobs that had been in South Korea and China, the Dallas Morning News reported.

He said he would waive the governor's $150,000 annual salary and accept just $1 to serve Texas.

The Austin American-Statesman reports the 66-year-old political novice said Tuesday that he is "100 percent sure" that he will be the next governor of Texas.

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison are expected to face off in the Republican primary in March.

Others seeking the Democratic nomination include former U.S. ambassador Tom Schieffer, humorist Kinky Friedman and rancher Hank Gilbert. Therapist Mark Thompson recently said he has dropped his bid for governor.

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