Sen. Jim Waring told our reporter this afternoon he might be deciding whether to open an exploratory committee for state treasurer in the next week or so. Waring said people have told him they would support him if he runs for the office. “Realistically, do I think I could win? Yep. Do I think I am qualified? I do. But I am not sure it’s 100% something I want to do,” he said. “But I got to tell you, I’m still leaning against it.”
Currently, Waring has an exploratory committee for the House, but only, he said, to keep his options open. Waring is the second senator to express an interest in running for state treasurer. Sen. Thayer Verschoor has an exploratory committee open, although the committee doesn’t specify the office he is interested in. Like Waring, Verschoor, who is also termed out, said he doesn’t intend to run for the post if Martin decides to seek reelection.
Waring, recently married, said there are several factors to consider in waging a campaign for an elective office, particularly a statewide campaign. “It’s not just my decision anymore,” he said. “We have to figure out what’s best for us and our family.”
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