He called it “the right time.” Reed, an Olympia resident and former 23-year Thurston County auditor, announced his plans this morning in a meeting with statehouse reporters near the Capitol press corps buildings.
Reed has been mentioning Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman as a possible successor candidate but said he won’t be making an endorsement of a Republican candidate until later.
More immediately, state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, officially jumped into the race as Reed made his announcement, leaving an opening in the Senate. And state Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, said he also is “mulling” it over but won’t decide until the arrival of his and his wife’s first child in August.
Reed is 70 but physically fit. He said he intends to remain active in retirement – including being available to a governor or other state leaders to serve on boards or on task forces. He had a cancerous kidney removed in March 2010 but said he received a clean bill of health recently.