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John Ladenburg exploring attorney general bid

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm | 35 Comments »
February 21, 2011 4:19 pm

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg may make another run for attorney general.

Republican Rob McKenna beat out Democrat Ladenburg for the job in 2008, but in 2012 McKenna is widely expected to run for governor, and potential successors are already jockeying for position. Democratic King County Councilman Bob Ferguson recently announced he would run.

Today Ladenburg, the former Pierce County prosecutor and executive, announced he has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee. He called it “the first step evaluating a potential run.”

He has set up a website, ladenburg.org, and put out a news release:

John Ladenburg Forms Exploratory Committee for Attorney General

Ladenburg will spend time consulting with family and friends about potentially running for Attorney General in 2012


Tacoma—John Ladenburg, former 14 year Pierce County Prosecutor and 8 year Pierce County Executive, announced today that he is forming an exploratory committee and has filed all necessary paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission. There is no timeline on when Ladenburg will make a final decision on running.

“I am taking the first step evaluating a potential run for Attorney General,” Ladenburg stated. “I will spend time speaking with my family and supporters before I make any final decisions.”

The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer in the state.  As Pierce County Prosecutor, John Ladenburg wrote the nation’s first sex predator notification law which started a national trend. Ladenburg also wrote the nation’s first civil commitment law that allows us to civilly commit sex predators who are deemed too dangerous to release after they serve their time in prison.  Hundreds of sex predators are locked up today because John Ladenburg created a new law to protect citizens.

Ladenburg ran unsuccessfully in 2008 against Rob McKenna. He currently works with his sons in the “Ladenburg Law” law firm in Tacoma and also is the managing partner of a governmental affairs consulting firm.

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