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Lachney leaves state House race; Marilyn Rasmussen might enter

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
June 4, 2010 2:36 pm

Updated 6/4: Marilyn Rasmussen says she made her decision today: She’ll run for state House.

Two years on the sidelines is enough for Rasmussen, 71. “I don’t enjoy sitting and watching people make decisions without some of the input and experience that I think I have,” she told me.

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One Democrat has dropped his challenge to state Rep. Jim McCune, and another might take his place.

Bruce Lachney announced today he would withdraw from the 2nd Legislative District race. The fact that there are no Democrats left challenging McCune, a Graham Republican, didn’t stop Lachney from practically endorsing one.

He said he would “encourage prior public servants, like Marilyn Rasmussen, to consider entering the race.”

I talked to Rasmussen, the former House and Senate member from Eatonville, and she said she indeed is considering trying to return to the House. She’s been thinking about it since Lachney called her Wednesday to suggest she run, she said.

After 22 years as a legislator, Rasmussen was unseated in 2008 by Randi Becker.

“There are so many things left undone in Olympia,” she said.

She has to make a decision quickly. Filing week starts Monday and ends Friday.

Here’s Lachney’s full news release:

2nd LD Candidate Bruce Lachney Withdraws From Legislative Race
In a letter to supporters today, Bruce Lachney announced he is withdrawing his candidacy for 2nd Legislative District State Legislator in Position One (the position currently held by Representative Jim McCune.
Here’s the text of the letter:

Dear supporters and friends,

I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the State House of Representatives in the 2nd Legislative District.

I ran because I believe our district could use better representation in Olympia. However, I have seen my responsibilities outside my campaign increase to the point that I don’t feel like I can give the campaign the time and attention it deserves. As a former school board member and as a former military officer I appreciate greatly that public service is the hallmark of a great community.

I have always believed that when you decide to do something, you give it your all. Unfortunately, I don’t believe I can give my campaign my full attention without sacrificing my responsibilities to my farm, my role as a trustee at Clover Park, and my family.

I appreciate the support and encouragement so many of you have given me in the last few months. I will continue to look for ways I can serve our community and continue to make this a great place to live. And, I encourage prior public servants, like Marilyn Rasmussen, to consider entering the race. Her commitment to the 2nd Legislative District, to education, transportation and a strong economy, make her the obvious choice to move the district forward.

Respectfully,

Bruce Lachney

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