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Bowerbank Ends LG Campaign

Anita Kumar

Jon Bowerbank, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, announced today that he is suspending his campaign less than four weeks before the June 9 primary.

Bowerbank, a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, said he wanted to spend more time with his family and his employees at his company in southwest Virginia.

"I believe Virginia and the Democratic Party need someone who can devote their full attention and energy to the job of being the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor," he said in a statement.

Bowerbank endorsed former Finance Secretary Jody Wagner. She will compete against Michael Signer, an attorney who worked for former governor Mark R. Warner.

Bowerbank also made the unusual decision to return his campaign contributions.

"Now simply wasn't my time,'' he wrote. "I resolutely believe, however, that my time will come. In the future I intend to again offer myself for public service. When that time comes I will be prepared to run and to serve.".

By Anita Kumar  |  May 15, 2009; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009  
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