Erpenbach not running for Governor

Sen. Erpenbach
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One less contender on the Democrat side in the Wisconsin governor’s race.

Democrat Jon Erpenbach will not run for governor and will instead seek re-election to the state senate.

With Gov. Jim Doyle not seeking re-election, Erpenbach, of Waunakee, had considered a run for the office. But Erpenbach said he would be unable to commit to it fully because he needs to spend time with his two teenage children.

“It’s going to be huge,” Erpenbach said of the 2010 governor’s race. “This is going to take a tremendous amount of national attention from both sides and it’s going to take someone who can be extremely focused and not have other issues that they’re going to be dealing with.” (Source: Waunakee’s Erpenbach says he won’t run for governor – Wisconsin State Journal)

It’s still early but at this point only Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton has committed on the Dem’s side in what is a wide-open race.

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