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Cranwell ponders lt. governor bid

crcFormer Del. C. Richard Cranwell is considering a run for Virginia lieutenant governor, he confirmed today.

Cranwell (left), chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said he is only “mulling around the possiblity” and preferred to avoid any public mention of the subject. Noting recent chatter about his political intentions, however, Cranwell conceded the importance of the news story. “You gotta do what you gotta do,” he said.

We do.

Cranwell would face Southwest Virginia businessman Jon Bowerbank, who is actively campaigning and has raised more than $220,000 for his bid for the 2009 Democratic lieutenant governor nomination. Jody W. Wagner, secretary of finance under Gov. Tim Kaine, also has been mentioned as a possible contender for the nod.

Meanwhile, Del. Steve Shannon, D-Fairfax, has raised nearly a half million dollars in his still unannounced campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general. Shannon is the only Democrat to surface in the AG race. Look for a story on the Shannon candidacy and the attorney general race in Monday’s Virginia Lawyers Weekly.

By Peter Vieth

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