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Eye On Olympia

Locke won’t seek third term…

Saying that being a good husband and father is more important to him than being governor, Gary Locke said Monday morning that he will not run for re-election next year.
"After much thought and careful deliberation with my family, I have decided not to seek a third term as governor of Washington state," Locke said.
In his remaining year, the governor said he will work hard on education, jobs, health care, economic competitiveness and the environment.
Locke's decision will leave a wide-open race. Among the possible Democratic contenders: Former Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge -- who's already running -- as well as Attorney General Christine Gregoire and King County Executive Ron Sims. On the Republican side, former Microsoft executive Bob Herbold is reportedly considering throwing his hat into the ring.

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