State Auditor Brian Sonntag won’t run for governor in 2012, he said Monday night.
That leaves U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee with the Democratic field to himself for now. He and Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna are seeking to move to the governor’s mansion.
Sonntag said he doesn’t plan to endorse a candidate. The Tacoma Democrat wrote in an email: “I wish all candidates the best and offer whatever help this office can provide to whoever is elected.”
Which sounds like he plans to run for a sixth term as auditor — but he added that he hasn’t yet made those plans. A decision on whether to run for re-election will come later.
Here’s his original email:
I truly appreciate all the encouragement from a variety of people and organizations about a possible candidacy for Governor. This support has caused me to give this serious consideration. However, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2012.
The Office of State Auditor continues to be a good fit and the place where I can best contribute and focus on my values.
*Advocating for Open and Accessible Government
*Holding Government Accountable to Citizens and
*Valuing Public Employees as a Primary Resource
In addition, I believe every candidate for state office must address today’s foremost issues:
*Getting the State’s financial house in order;
*Sustainability of State Funds and Programs
*Right sizing the footprint of state government and
*Engaging citizens in a real priority setting effort
I wish all candidates the best and offer whatever help this office can provide to whoever is elected.