By Lukas Eggen Ely Times Staff Writer

Nevada State Senator Mark Hutchison from Las Vegas tweeted that he will run for Lt. Governor in 2014. Hutchison, elected in 2012, said he decided to run for the office after talking with his family over the Fourth of July weekend.

“I intend to run for lieutenant governor in 2014,” Hutchison said. “I plan to continue the important work of the state Senate with my friends and colleagues there and to work along side Governor Brian Sandoval in continuing the essential work of promoting economic growth and jobs creation, improving educational opportunities for students, and securing more value from government for all Nevadans.”

Brian Krolicki currently holds the Lt. Governor’s office, but will be termed out. Hutchison is the first politician to officially confirm his or her’s intent to run for the position. Gov. Brian Sandoval is in support of Hutchison’s decision.

“I am excited to have Senator Hutchison running for Lt. Governor,” Gov. Sandoval said. “He has my full support. Mark will make a tremendous Lt. Governor and I look forward to campaigning with him.”

State Senator Pete Goicoechea said he supports Hutchinson’s decision.

“Mark will be a midterm Senator, so really is in a safe position,” Goicoechea said. “That said I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark. I believe he is one of the most talented people in the Legislature and have no doubt about his ability to be Lt. Governor.”

The Lt. Governor position is a part time job that serves as president of the Senate and presides over floor sessions. The position also works on economic development and tourism issues with the governor and serves on the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development and as chairman of the Commission on Tourism.

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