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Thursday, April 9, 2009

State senator considering run for lieutenant governor

When asked about running for lieutenant governor on Thursday, State Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, said "we’re working in that direction." He said people would know about his plans for 2010 in about a week, but that he has no announcement planned.
The senator said he has been praying and thinking about the decision.
"That’s about all I can tell you right now," he said.
On his Facebook page, Erwin wrote that he is "alerting everyone that I will make a big political announcement on Sunday, April 19th. Pray."
Erwin, who is considered one of the more conservative members of the Alabama Senate, represents all or part of Shelby, Bibb, Jefferson and Chilton counties. He is in his second term in the Senate.
State Rep. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, said he is preparing for a Senate run if Erwin does run for lieutenant governor. He represents Bibb County and the same portion of Shelby County as Erwin.
"If he announces that he is running (for lieutenant governor), then yes I will be a candidate for his Senate seat," Ward said.
Ward said he has been talking to business and conservative groups to let them know of his intentions. He said he has talked to Erwin, "but he did not indicate what he will do."
"The only person who can make that decision is him," Ward said.
Lt. Gov. Jim Folsom Jr., a Democrat, has announced he will run for reelection.

-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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