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Secretary of State Sam Reed won’t seek 4th term

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am with 12 Comments »
June 28, 2011 10:47 am

Secretary of State Sam Reed, a state Republican mainstay who oversaw the controversial vote-count in the 2004 governor’s race, is going to retire in 2012 after his third term.

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.

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  1. ToddIverson says:

    It’s rare when I tip my hat to a Republican, but Reed was fair, honest and a great public servant. He handled 2004 with such professionalism, I doubt few on both sides of the aisle could show that level of integrity.

  2. Kastama has a candidacy-killing skeleton in his closet dealing with an unethical real estate property tax abatement with several members of the Puyallup Council which he facilitated for themby designated their luxury condos as a depressed area.
    The position of Secretary of State requires being an honest broker
    Dirty deeds rules Kastama inelligible !

  3. Chippert says:

    A good man. His expertise and even-handedness will be missed.

  4. SuperSteve says:

    Innuendo like that above doesn’t cut anymore – where’s your details?

    If he were that sort of guy it would have come out during one of his two House elections or three Senate races – all of which he won.

  5. SuperSteve: It was only exposed just 2 years ago. The address is 400 South Meridian Puyallup. Check out the Assessors database.

  6. AnthonyH says:

    Sam Reed has been a model public servant. His expertise, civility and non-partisan nature in carrying out his job will be greatly missed. Thanks for a lifetime of devotion to the people and public policy of Washington State.

  7. elderjustice2010 says:

    IQof88 More skeletons. He won’t get senior votes. Story not for sale for local yellow journalist. Seattle news only. Follow the money. Anybody who grandstands, interferes with private abuse court actions to the point of interfering and endangering a victim of abuse causing emotional distress should NOT hold any state office. Senator Kastama should be ashamed of his involvement in a private abuse case whose parties gave money to Kastama!!!

  8. Thank God that demslug out of the picture.

  9. I wish he never been there.

  10. Stephen Bradley says:

    Elderjustice2010’s statement is untrue. To protect my father from financial abuse by a third party, our family requested the court appoint a professional guardian. Senator Kastama had absolutely NO involvement in our court actions. Our family became the victim of a predatory guardianship. After my father died, Senator Kastama sponsored legislation (SB5740) to protect others from predatory guardianships.

  11. elderjustice2010 says:

    Mr. Bradley, Senator Kastama took money from a campaign donor who profited from elder exploitation. He also inserted himself in a “private” court action to protect his political donor above that of the senior. So don’t attack people who protect elders only to have Senator Kastama insert himself in a “private” court action and endanger the victim once again. Any politician who associates themselves with vulnerable adult abusers is no friend of seniors. That is why we have the courts and separation of powers. He oversteps his authority in a private court action, one in which he could have looked up, yet chose to protect his political friend.

  12. Mr. Bradley your story does not make sense nor is it consistent with Kastama’s recent actions. Why didn’t you protect your own father? You only need a Guardian for an elder citizen when there is a dispute among the family members. And the guardian’s role is to protect the elder citizen and not the rights of the children who are (A) either abusing the adult themselves as was the case with recent Q13 false stories run about guardians or (B) are trying to defend their parent. Assignment of a guardian should be a last resort because the individual becomes a ward of the state. It means the family cannot or will not support the elderly citizen. Guardian’s are not babysitters. The real issue is why are there not stronger prosecution for elder abusers?!? Why doesn’t Kastama speak out on this issue?!? Why can you abuse an elder citizen (as admitted in recent Q13 false stories on guardians) and walk away without penalties and leave the “victim” to be a ward of the state. That is the real crime.

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