Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said today he will not be a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Donovan was one of several Democrats considering a run for the office, given the current officeholder Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, a Republican, is running for governor.
"As I have traveled across our state over the past few months I have been humbled by the many Vermonters that have enthusiastically encouraged me to run for lieutenant governor," said Donovan in a statement. (Note to Donovan: You shouldn't use your government email address to send out political statements - just sayin'.)
"After much thought, I have concluded that it is not the right time for me to run," added Donovan. "At this point in my life, my focus will be on my work as state’s attorney and most importantly on my family as my wife and I welcome our first child in the near future.”
Donovan was first elected as Chittenden County State’s Attorney in 2006 and he's up for reelection in 2010. He told Seven Days that he's inclined to run for a second term.
"It was a tough decision, but I need to put my family first," Donovan told Seven Days.
With Donovan out of the picture, it may free up other Democrats to make their intentions known. Several Democrats, as well as one Progressive, are mulling a bid for lieutenant governor.