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Another Democrat Enters LG Race

Anita Kumar

Rich Savage, a Democratic political advisor in Richmond, announced today that he will run for lieutenant governor in November.

As part of the announcement, Savage unveiled a 10-point education plan that includes tuition forgiveness for graduates who serve as teachers for five years.

"As Lt. Governor, I will dedicate my fullest efforts to rebuilding our intellectual infrastructure to ensure that Virginia students are prepared to compete for jobs in the global marketplace with students from India, China and Europe," he said. "Virginia needs leaders who will answer the call to lead, take charge during these tough times, and provide new ideas to meet the challenges we face."

Former Finance Secretary Jody Wagner and Jon Bowerbank, a wealthy businessman from Russell County, are also seeking the Democratic nomination. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) will face lawyer Patrick Muldoon for the Republican nomination.

Savage is the founder of Media Directions, Inc., a political advertising firm that has done work for Democratic candidates in Virginia and the nation.

He has hired Alan Secrest of Cooper & Secrest Associates to conduct research, Bennet Ratcliff of Ratcliff Strategies to advise the campaign on day-to-day strategy and media and Jaimey Sexton of Telephone Strategies Group to supervise the campaign's telephone communications strategy.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 2, 2009; 3:33 PM ET
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Glad to see someone else get into this race. I wasn’t all that impressed with Wagner or Bowerbank. I'll need to find out more about him but he does seem to have put our the best education plan of any of the other candidates so far.

Posted by: Jonesnj | January 2, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

while wagner and bowerbank's websites only contain photo ops and blog posts. Savage has jumped into this race with a solid looking education plan. I look forward to hearing more from Mr. Savage

Posted by: gaida | January 2, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm really excited to see someone running for this position who is highly concerned with the future of education for Virginians. I do not believe Wagner will be a strong candidate and have not been impressed with Bowerbank.I am looking forward to hearing more about Savage.

Posted by: Rzr11 | January 3, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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