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Jim Kastama considers a bid for state school superintendent

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
March 14, 2008 4:07 pm

Business reporter C.R. Roberts was at the annual Economic Development Board luncheon this afternoon at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and along with watching the governor sign her first bill post-sine die, and along with hearing the economic editor of The Economist describe the long road ahead, he had a word with Jim Kastama, Democratic state senator from the 25th District.

This being an election year, the question was obvious – but the answer was a bit of a surprise.

Is Kastama considering another office? Yes.

Some folks in the WEA, Kastama said, have approached him about trying for the post now held by state schools chief Terry Bergeson at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Last May, Kastama said he was considering joining the crowd running for Pierce County executive. By month’s end, however, he opted out, saying he could serve his district and the county better as chairman of the Senate economic development committee. Kastama was first elected to the state Senate in 2000, replacing a guy named Calvin Goings. Whatever happened to him?

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