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Lisa Brown staying put

OLYMPIA -- State Sen. Lisa Brown is dropping any plans to run for statewide office in 2012

Democrat Brown, the Senate majority leader from Spokane, has been rumored for two possible statewide posts on next year's ballot, lieutenant governor and state auditor.

The auditor's seat is open with long-time incumbent Brian Sonntag deciding last month he wouldn't seek re-election. The lieutenant governor's seat isn't, with incumbent Brad Owen showing no sign of giving up the job of presiding over the Senate and standing in when a governor leaves the state.

Brown said Monday she'll be concentrating on leading the Senate Democrats during the upcoming special session that starts Nov. 28, and the regular session that starts in January.  Although that would still leave some time to put together a campaign in March or April, "I'm not planning on running for statewide office in 2012," she said.

Her current term is up next year, so she'll have to seek re-election to the Senate in 2012. While that's a relatively safe seat right now, there's no telling what Spokane's legislative seats will look like after the Redistricting Commission gets finished with redrawing the lines.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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