WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election in 2010.
The Republican said at a press conference at the state house in Montpelier that he will not seek a fifth two-year term, or run for any other public office in the next election.
"I am not running for president," Douglas said, to laughs. He joked that his wife "has a divorce lawyer on speed dial if I ever utter that crazy idea. I am not running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House or any other statewide office in 2010."
"...As any farmer knows after many years working sunup to sundown, seven days a week, there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching."
Three potential Democratic challengers, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, state Sen. Douglas Racine and state Sen. Susan Bartlett, had already announced their intent to run for governor before Douglas made his announcement.