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Update: Ron Sims tells Times he’s just homesick, won’t run for governor

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
June 14, 2011 1:45 pm

That’s what Jim Brunner reports after talking to Ron Sims about the timing of his announcement that he is quitting his job in D.C.

Coming just a day after Gov. Chris Gregoire confirmed that the 2012 race for governor will be without an incumbent was just a coincidence. Sims, the former King County Executive and county councilman, said he just wanted to come home.

“…Sims said the decision was entirely personal, saying he’d grown weary of living thousands of miles away from his wife, Cayan Topacio. While he said he’s happy with what he accomplished at HUD, ‘in the end, all of the work in the world will never outweigh the love you have for your family.’ ”

Not only won’t he run for the job he sought in 2004, he will volunteer to help U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee win the Democratic nomination.

So much for a hot topic on local political blogs.

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