Jody Wagner Enters LG Race
Jody W. Wagner, who had served as Finance Secretary under Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), has officially entered the 2009 race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor .
Wagner's decision to run will likely set up a costly battle for the nomination between her and Jon Bowerbank, a wealthy businessman from Russell County who has also announced his candidacy. C. Richard Cranwell, the chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, is also considering entering the race.
Wagner, who hails from Virginia Beach, would likely have an advantage in a three-way race because Cranwell and Bowerbank are both from Southwest Virginia. Wagner is also expected to be the only female candidate for statewide office next year.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) in the general election. But if Kaine is tapped to be Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) running mate, and the Democratic ticket wins in the fall, Bolling will become governor in January. That would set off a scramble on the Republican side to succeed Bolling as lieutenant governor.
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