In June, Dane Looker filed to run for Puyallup School Board. In July, the former NFL player announced a run for Rep. Bruce Dammeier’s seat in the state House, saying he would suspend his school board campaign. But in August, he said he would “gratefully serve” in both positions.
Looker made a strong showing in the August primary. But the Republican clarified that he wouldn’t actively campaign for school board, though he would serve if elected.
On Thursday, Looker shifted gears and said he would run for school board, not the Legislature. In a Facebook post, he says:
I want to stand up and fight for our kids regardless of the consequences. So, here is some more “wavering” for all those experts who will surely offer some interesting commentary on this decision. I AM OFFICIALLY CAMPAIGNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND AM NO LONGER SEEKING A SEAT IN THE STATE HOUSE. I should have said that months ago, but it is a weight off my shoulders to just type it now. This is the right decision for my family, and, honestly, I am not ready to be a state legislator. So much for the argument that I was using school board as a stepping stone for the legislature.
Looker, who volunteers as a football coach at Puyallup High, confirmed the decision to me in a text while riding a school bus with the team to tonight’s game at Bethel.
He said in his post that he regrets his earlier decisions, which he blames in part on bad advice. He said he acted “cowardly” because of concern about “public perception.” Here’s the post in full: