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T.J. Donovan won't run for lieutenant governor

Democrats are back shaking the trees in search of a candidate for lieutenant governor now that T.J.Donovan, Chittenden County States Attorney, has decided against running.

Donovan, 35, announced his decision in an e-mail earlier today. He and his wife are expecting a baby, so this didn't seem like the the year to crisscross the state in search of votes, he said.

"We are looking," said Robert Dempsey, executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party.

There's been plenty of interest among Republicans, although only one has jumped into the race -- Mark Snelling. Still weighing their options are three state senators, Phil Scott, Kevin Mullin and Randy Brock.

Rep. David Zuckerman, a Progressive from Burlington, also continues to consider running for lieutenant governor or a run for the state senate, he said today. Zuckerman said that Donovan's decision "certainly changes the equation. Zuckerman has said he might run in the Democratic primary.

Concerning Zuckerman's possible run in the primary, Dempsey would only say that "If that is something Rep. Zuckerman would like to attempt, that is something we could let voters decide."

Democrats will have a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Dempsey said. "We are going to have a full slate."

-- Nancy Remsen

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Why isn't John Campbell putting his hat into the ring?
Because he's going to be Senate President and why would he throw away that power and go with something as worthless as LG?
Patti Komline would make the perfect candidate during the general election. She might be seen as to moderate during a primary run but that is what would give her a great chance come November.
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