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Mark Snelling Bows Out of Lieutenant Governor's Race


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Last week when Randy Brock announced he was running for lieutenant governor, fellow Republican Mark Snelling was clearly miffed. Snelling wanted to run, but Brock beat him out of the starting gate.

Monday, Snelling swallowed hard and yielded to Brock. “Randy will make a great Lt. Governor, and I will support his candidacy,” Snelling said in a statement, calling on other Republicans who were considering a run to do the same.

Snelling had indicated last week he might still run, telling Seven Days he was “disappointed” that Brock had announced his candidacy, after turning down Snelling's invitation to meet on the topic.

Snelling, who lost the 2010 Republican primary for lieutenant governor, conceded Monday that if he ran against Brock in the 2016 primary, “it would have been unnecessarily divisive for Republicans.”

Snelling, the son of former governor Richard Snelling and former lieutenant governor Barbara Snelling and brother of state Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden), had served as Brock’s campaign treasurer when Brock ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2012.

Brock, a former state auditor and senator, and Democrat Brandon Riker are the only declared candidates for the open lieutenant governor’s seat, though others are considering it. Republican Lt. Gov Phil Scott is running for governor.