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Brown running, McLaughlin may jump in Tuesday

OLYMPIA – Lisa Brown, the top-ranking Democrat in the Senate, will seek another four years in central Spokane’s 3rd District.

Brown, who was widely expected to seek re-election to another term, was first elected to the Legislature in 1992 and now serves as Senate Majority Leader. She said she wants to continue work on protecting education and expanding jobs and opportunity in Spokane.

"I’ve led legislative efforts to restore the Fox Theater, redevelop the YMCA/YWCA community centers and build our Riverpoint medical campus," she said in the press release formally announcing the campaign.

The 55-year-old Brown is a single mother with a son in college who teaches economics at Gonzaga University when the Legislature is not in session.

While she has had relatively easy campaigns against novice candidates in recent years, 2012 could prove to be a tougher race. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, has talked about running against Brown and has press conference Tuesday morning for a campaign announcement.

Jacobsen joins ranks of departing Dems

OLYMPIA — Sen. Ken Jacobsen of Seattle won’t run for re-election this year.

The 28-year veteran became the fourth Democrat to announce he’s quitting when his term runs out this year: “The job has been wonderful, but at times very stressful. My high blood pressure has forced me to reassess my priorities, especiallyl after it was responsible for a brief stay in the hospital this past October.”

Jacobsen joins Sens. Joe McDermott, Darlene Fairley and Rosa Franklin in hanging it up after long careers. On the Republican side, Sen. Dale Brandland is calling it quits.