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Didier announces run for 4th District seat

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 4:34 p.m.

Doc Hastings said he wouldn’t seek a 10th term last week

Connell-native Clint Didier has joined the GOP hunt to replace outgoing 4th Congressional District Rep. Doc Hastings.

Didier, a Central Washington rancher and former NFL tight end, announced his candidacy in Spokane on Monday afternoon. Didier, 59, aligned himself with the tea party segment of the Republican Party in a failed bid for U.S. Senate in 2010. He thanked Hastings for his service during a brief statement declaring his entry into the race.

“This is no exploratory committee,” said Didier, wearing cowboy boots with dress slacks. “I’m in. I’m all in.”

The two-time Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins mustered a third-place finish in the 2010 blanket primary, trailing Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and eventual GOP candidate, Dino Rossi. Didier said Monday he would try to appeal to a larger segment of the public in this campaign.

Didier’s platform will be released on his campaign website, he told a smattering of assembled supporters. In 2010, he told the Seattle Times growers should be weaned off the federal farm bill and earned the endorsements of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

The district, which stretches from Canada to Oregon in Central Washington, tends to favor GOP candidates. Gov. Jay Inslee was the last Democrat to win election in the 4th District in 1992, and he served just one term.