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Savage Suspends LG Campaign

Anita Kumar

Rich Savage, a Democratic political advisor in Richmond, announced today that he is dropping out of the race for lieutenant governor in November.

"The worsening economic downturn presents too great a financial hurdle for my campaign to overcome,'' Savage said in a statement.

Savage jumped into the race in January by unveiling a 10-point education plan that included tuition forgiveness for graduates who serve as teachers for five years.

"The necessity of rebuilding our state's intellectual infrastructure does not end with my campaign,'' Savage said. "I call on the candidates who remain in the race - all of them good people and capable leaders - to seize the mantle of education reform. I will certainly continue to speak out for innovative solutions to the challenges that our schools face."

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

Democrats who are running for lieutenant governor are former Finance Secretary Jody Wagner; Jon Bowerbank, a businessman from Russell County; Michael Signer, an attorney who served as deputy counselor to former governor Mark R. Warner; and Virginia Beach School Board member Pat Edmondson.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) will face lawyer Patrick Muldoon for the Republican nomination.

"Over the last two months on the campaign trail I've gotten to know Rich well,'' Bowerbank said in a statement. "He is principled and hardworking, and he and I share a passion for improving Virginia's education system. I know Rich will be a great advocate for children in whatever he chooses to do next."

By Anita Kumar  |  March 6, 2009; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009  
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