Lt. Gov. Steve Pence clears path to run for Governor in 2007

Lt. Gov. Steve Pence announced today that he was resigning his position as Justice Cabinet Secretary and that he would not run on Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s ticket as Lt. Governor in the 2007 gubernatorial race.  His resignation will be effective in August.

These are considered the first steps he must take in order to prepare to make a run for the Governor’s chair.  Until now he has made statements that indicated he would remain on Fletcher’s ticket.

Under Ky. election law, the Governor must have a candidate for Lt. Governor to run with him.

Throughout the Merit System investigation Pence has distanced himself from Fletcher, and they have had few public appearances together.

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