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Republican announces run for Lt. Governor

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By: Dee DeQuattro
Twitter: @deedequattro

A former candidate for Secretary of State will run for Lt. Governor.

Republican Catherine Taylor, who was appointed as the director of the Division of Elderly Affairs after losing to Ralph Mollis in the 2010 election, will resign from the post to run for Lt. Governor.

Taylor’s resignation will be effective as of June 20th.  “Once I separate from state service and launch my campaign I look forward to sharing my ideas about how the Office of the Lieutenant Governor should contribute to the economic vitality of our state, and to earning the chance to be of service again in a few short months,” said Taylor.

Taylor is the first Republican Candidate to announce intentions to run for Lt. Governor. Independent Bob Healey has floated the idea of running for Lt. Governor under the premise of abolishing the office if enough people encourage him to do so. At this point Healey has made no formal announcement of plans.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, and Representative Frank Ferri are currently locked in a primary on the Democrat side.

In 2010 Taylor came within a percentage point of outing Mollis. Taylor pulled in 49.4% to Mollis’ 50.6%.

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