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Dave Reichert decides he won't run for governor

Sammamish Review of Sammamish, Washington

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Congressman Dave Reichert will not run for governor in 2016, eliminating the Republican Party's highest-profile potential challenger to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Instead, Reichert says he'll seek re-election to his 8th District congressional seat. The 8th District includes Sammamish.

Reichert made the announcement in an email Oct. 16, finally putting an end to months of speculation the former King County sheriff might jump in to take on Inslee.

"Like so many of you, I have been extremely disappointed in the decisions coming out of the governor's office..." Reichert said. "Yet, I believe I can better serve you now, today, in another Washington where politicians are more interested in fighting each other than fighting for America, where leadership has been in retreat, and courage has been on recess."

In what has become an every-couple-of-years ritual, Reichert, R-Auburn, had been telling reporters he was keeping his options open and considering a possible bid for governor or U.S. Senate next year.

Some Republican operatives had said Reichert appeared more serious this year than in the past, looking at polling and seeking advice.

But in the end, Reichert again shied away from the statewide contest in favor of a safer congressional campaign.

The six-term Republican has a seat on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was recently tapped to lead the House GOP's efforts on policing reforms.

"I am in a unique position to work with both Democrats and Republicans on some of the most important issues facing this nation and Washington State," Reichert said, citing tax reform and free trade.

Reichert's decision follows similar announcements from state Sens. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, and Andy Hill, R-Redmond, who also plan to run for re-election instead of governor.

That clears the way for Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant to be the GOP's presumptive leading challenger for Inslee next year.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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