Wagner Expected to Run for LG
Jody W. Wagner, secretary of finance for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), is expected to resign in the coming weeks and launch a bid for lieutenant governor in 2009.
Wagner said today that she plans to consider her options while on vacation next week. But Democrats who are close to Kaine's administration said Wagner plans to resign by the end of the month after returning from vacation.
"I'm trying to figure out what to do,'' she said.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) plans to run for re-election. Wagner will face fellow Democrat Jon Bowerbank, a businessman and member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, who is already running.
Secretary of Technology Aneesh P. Chopra, who had considered running for lieutenant governor, said he could not confirm Wagner's move but that he decided not to run after speaking to her.
"I'm exploring all options but have determined (lieutenant governor) is less likely among them,'' he said.
Wagner of Virginia Beach, who lost a bid for Congress in 2000, was the state treasurer under former governor Mark R. Warner (D) before starting her current job.
Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff, declined to comment.
July 17, 2008; 3:31 PM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine
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