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Democrats Sonntag, Hargrove, Sheldon considering Dicks’s seat

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm with No Comments »
March 2, 2012 12:57 pm
Tim Sheldon

Add three more names to the list of Democrats eyeing Rep. Norm Dicks‘s seat now that he’s announced his retirement.

Brian Sonntag steps down at the end of this year as state auditor, a position in which he sometimes gave his fellow Democrats fits. He toyed with running for governor and this gives him another alternative to a quiet retirement.

“I think it’s certainly worth looking at,” he said today. “It was not on my radar coming into this year. but it’s an opportunity that doesn’t come up very often.”

One problem: Sonntag says he hasn’t looked at the new district lines, but his home in University Place appears to be just barely over the border into the 10th congressional district. Members of Congress don’t have to live in their districts, but it helps politically.

From the coastal side of the district, state Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam expressed interest to the Seattle Times, saying: “I’m prayerfully considering it, but no decision has been made.”

Jim Hargrove

Hargrove chairs the Senate human services committee and helps shape the budget dealing with corrections and social programs. He’s a conservative on social issues and often on taxes.

And conservative state Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch told my reporting partner Brad Shannon he will be looking over the demographics of the new district.

“I’ll leave the door open,” he said.

Brian Sonntag


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