I am writing to you to let you know the results of a difficult decision. I am ending my campaign for Secretary of State.
Thank you for all of your early, and generous support for my campaign to be Washington’s next Secretary of State. Your help, encouragement, enthusiasm, and generous contributions made me the candidate to beat over the last few months. Thank you for believing in me.
I struggled with this decision and came to this conclusion only after a lot of discussion with family, friends and trusted colleagues. I have decided that I am ending my campaign today because of the special session that is being called on Monday, March 12th . This was not an easy decision for me and my family. We have traveled around the state meeting some great people. We truly believe that it should be easier for people to vote, that we should have higher voter turnout in our state and there should be trust in our voting systems.
I have decided I must concentrate on the responsibilities I was elected to do in the State House, during these difficult economic times that have resulted in our 3rd special session this term. I had hoped we would be done with our budget writing and law making on time and I supported two balanced budget proposals from the House towards that end. I am legally not able to raise money during session, and it is difficult for me to get around the state while I help write the budget during session. Two other candidates have also joined the campaign to replace retiring SOS Sam Reed, both of whom are not subject to the session fund raising freeze.
I plan to run for my House seat again in the Fall elections, where I have had the honor and privilege of serving. I look forward to working with you on the issues that are important to us. I will be in contact with you more after our special session ends.
Thank you again for your support and encouragement. I could not have been a competitive candidate statewide without your help.