At least seven names are in the running as possible successors to Derek Kilmer as the 26th district state senator. One name that’s not on the list: Larry Seaquist, the Democrat representing the 26th in the House.
Seaquist, who just won a hotly contested, negative race to retain his seat, has said he won’t try for the Senate appointment and subsequent election. He wants to stay in the House, where he chairs the Higher Education committee.
Senate leaders have apparently tried to convince him to change his mind, to no avail. Here’s his e-mail today to Sens. Ed Murray and David Frockt:
From: Seaquist, Rep. Larry
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2012 9:42 AM
To: Murray, Sen. Edward; Frockt, Sen. David
Cc: Chopp, Speaker Frank; Kilmer, Sen. Derek; Rose, Terra; Sullivan, Rep. Pat; Maxwell, Rep. Marcie; Springer, Rep. Larry; Hunter, Rep. Ross
Subject: Senate opportunity
Ed and David,
I most appreciate the thoughtful information and advice from David in yesterday’s phone calls.
After further reflection, I reaffirm my early decision to remain in the House. As you know, I am resolutely committed to a major education policy and budget agenda.
I will continue to seek every opportunity to work closely with you, your new Senate leadership team, and our stakeholders to achieve and sustain our urgent strategic goals.
With respect and best wishes,
Rep. Larry Seaquist