As the field of Democratic candidates begins to shape up, don’t expect to see Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan among the names.
Sheridan says it’s unlikely he’ll jump into the campaign, although he admits he has considered the option. However, he wants to stay right where he’s at in the Assembly.
Governor Jim Doyle announced last week he would not seek a third term, which has many Democrats considering a run for the nomination.
Sheridan says he’s not officially out of the race though. He says a final decision will come after he’s had a chance to sit down with the candidates who come forward and officially declare. The Speaker says he wants to make sure they’re focused on protection existing jobs and to create new ones, along with their willingness to work with the Legislature.
So far, Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton is the only declared Democratic candidate.