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Jumping into 2012 races

OLYMPIA — Five days left in this election cycle, but here's some candidates for the 2012 election.

Sen. Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver, said today he'll run for State Auditor. Longtime Auditor Brian Sonntag announced more than a month ago he wouldn't seek re-election, and Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, got in the race in October, and Rep. Chris Reykdahl, D-Olympia set up “an exploratory committee” to consider the run. One possible factor in Pridemore's decision: Sen. Lisa Brown, the Senate Majority leader from Spokane, said earlier this week she would not run for auditor.

Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, is running for Secretary of State. That seat is also open, as longtime Sec. State Sam Reed announced this summer he was retiring.  State Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, and Republican Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman are already in that race.

All the state reps will give up their seats if they stay in the race. So will Pridemore and Kastama, because they face re-election in 2012. So the dominoes could start falling in legislative districts around the state.

Reykdal looking at auditor race

State Rep. Chris Reykdal is officially thinking about running for state auditor.

That is, he announced today he's formed an “exploratory committee” to look into the possibility of running for the job being vacated by Brian Sonntag.

Reykdahl, D-Olympia, is the second Democrat to talk about getting into the race. Rep. Mark Miloscia of Federal Way is also in.

If you're thinking that there was a time when only presidential candidates announced exploratory committees instead of just saying “I'm running”, you're right. And you're probably kind of old.

Sonntag not running for re-election

Brian Sonntag. File photo

OLYMPIA – State Auditor Brian Sonntag, the longest serving state executive in office, will retire at the end of next year from a 20-year stint at the head of the office that keeps an eye on the other state offices.

Sonntag, a Democrat, surprised members of both parties Monday in announcing he wouldn’t run for another term in 2012. He was briefly mentioned earlier this year as a candidate for governor, although he declined to get into a primary battle against U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee or a general election race against likely GOP nominee Rob McKenna.

Now he says he's made the difficult decision not to run for auditor, either…
  

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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