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Jerry Cornfield | jcornfield@heraldnet.com
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 9:53 a.m.

Liias will decide on run for Congress this week

State Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds has made up his mind about whether to run for Congress in 2012.

But he said Monday he won't announce his decision until the end of the week.

Considering everything he's done of late, it's almost certain he'll make a bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash, in the 1st Congressional District.

Liias formed an exploratory committee in May and traveled to Washington, D.C. soon after to meet with top Democrats and leaders of several powerful interest groups.

He said then that the purpose of the committee was “to determine if I am the right candidate and is this the right time. And it is definitely to send a signal in Washington and outside the state that I'm serious about it.”

Today, if you go to that committee's web site you'll see it's being redone which is usually a tip-off for a candidate's plans.

If he gets into the race, he would become the fourth Democratic candidate.

State Rep. Roger Goodman and former state lawmaker Laura Ruderman – both of Kirkland -- and Darshan Rauniyar of Bothell are already in.

Republican James Watkins, also of Kirkland, who lost to Inslee in 2010, is the only GOP candidate to declare so far.

More Democrats may join the contest. State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens is leaning heavily toward running and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, could wind up in this battle too.

Kucinich expects to lose his seat through redistricting. But he's repeatedly said he won't decide whether to move from Ohio and run in another state until after he sees how the congressional district lines are redrawn in his home state.


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