Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Monday, October 03, 2005

Cianchette Out of the Governor's Race

He sent an email to supporters today.
I wanted you to be among the first to know that I’m announcing today that I will no longer seek the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2006. This has been a very difficult but thoroughly considered decision, and I want to share my reasons for this development with you directly.

After several months on the campaign trail, I have determined that the commitment required for a year-long campaign and then to govern the state is greater than I can give at this time in my life. I believe strongly in the importance and value of public service, and I also believe that that must come in the right season of one’s life. After honestly reflecting on these past several months I have concluded that this is not the right time for me.

While I may have the chance to seek public office again someday, I know that I only have one opportunity to be there with my children during some of the most important years of their young lives. I don’t want to miss that.

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