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Jerry Cornfield | jcornfield@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:37 p.m.

Koster 'not inclined' to run in special election

Republican John Koster said this afternoon he isn't making plans to run in the special election to fill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee.

“At this point, I am not inclined to get into the race,” said Koster, a Snohomish County Councilman.

Koster did not completely rule out vying in the contest that will be conducted in the existing boundaries of the 1st Congressional District.

He did say several times he is “staying focused on the main event” which is the regular election for a two-year term in the district's new boundaries.

Koster acknowledged his inclinations toward the special election might change if some or all of the Democrats he's battling for a two-year term decide this week to file to run for the short term as well.

State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz is doing all he can to keep those Democrats out of the special election. To that end he recruited Koster's colleague on the Snohomish County Council, Brian Sullivan, to run in the special election.

Meanwhile, Kirby Wilbur, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, said today he's heard from several Republicans interested in filling the last month of Inslee's term. Among those he's heard from is King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert.

Finally, there is a candidate in the race, officially. That's Democrat J. Byron Holcomb of Bainbridge Island who filed this morning.

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