BOISE, Idaho -

A former southwestern Idaho county prosecutor who successfully fought off criminal charges including misuse of public funds now says he may run for governor as an independent.

Former Canyon County Prosecutor John Bujak filed paperwork with the Idaho secretary of state's office indicating he's raising money to challenge for the chief executive post in 2014.

He also built a web site announcing an exploratory campaign.

Bujak quit as prosecutor in September 2010 after being accused of diverting public funds.

A jury ultimately found him not guilty of the main charge, however, though last month he pleaded not guilty to a lesser charge of contempt of court.

In an Associated Press interview, Bujak contends he was a victim of politics and pledged to take on what he calls Idaho's "good-old-boy system."