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Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland opts out of race for 6th District Congress

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
March 21, 2012 9:47 am

In one statement issued this afternoon, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland said she won’t be a candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, will instead endorse state Sen. Derek Kilmer for the position and said she will seek a second term as mayor.

Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Strickland is the latest in a string of candidates to say they won’t make the run. Others are state Auditor Brian Sonntag, state Rep. Sen. Christine Rolfes, state Sen. Jim Hargrove, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown and state Rep. Jan Angel. All but Angel are Democrats.

Two Republicans have said they will run -Doug Cloud and Jesse Young. State Sen. Tim Sheldon is still considering a campaign.

Here is her statement:

Congressman Dicks’ recent announcement that he would not seek re-election took many of us by surprise. Norm Dicks has been a fierce champion for Washington State and we have benefited from his dedicated leadership. The open position presented a rare opportunity to serve the residents of Tacoma and our region at the federal level, and was worthy of serious consideration. It is an honor to have been mentioned as a possible candidate for Congress.

I love Tacoma and it is a privilege to serve as its mayor. My council colleagues and I have worked hard to set priorities and lay the foundation for Tacoma’s future in education, business growth, transportation, tourism, sustainability and stronger neighborhoods. Tacoma is a great city and it remains my top priority. I am not running for Congress in 2012 and I plan to run for re-election in 2013. Senator Derek Kilmer has been an effective leader in Olympia and he has my full support.

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