Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, R-Vermont, says he'll decide "soon" whether he'll run for governor in 2010.
There's been much speculation that Dubie will seek the top spot ever since Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, announced last month he would not run for re-election.
Other Republicans, including state auditor Tom Salmon, have said they'd wait to see what Dubie does before announcing plans of their own.
"When I ran for lieutenant governor I was prepared to say I could set my civilian career, my career as an airline pilot aside, and even think about the responsibilities I have as an Air Force reservist. Both of those would be subordinate to the responsibility and the demands and challenge of being a full-time governor and that would be a part of the decision making process," Dubie said.
Dubie has served eight years as lieutenant governor-- what he says is the longest tenure in recent memory.