State auditor Brian Sonntag makes decision on governor’s race

Democratic state auditor Brian Sonntag will not be running for governor, after all.  Sonntag had been considering a bid in 2012, but said Monday night that he will not be a candidate.

"I truly appreciate all the encouragement from a variety of people and organizations about a possible candidacy for Governor.  This support has caused me to give this serious consideration.  However, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2012," Sonntag writes.

In June, Sonntag told KING 5 he was considering a run for governor.  As state auditor, Sonntag said he had a unique understanding of how to reform state government and would bring a new perspective to the governor’s office.  A gubernatorial bid by Sonntag might have complicated matters for Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee, who officially launched his campaign last week.  Under the state’s top-two primary system, voters are free to cast a ballot for any candidate regardless of party affiliation in the primary, so it’s unclear how a Sonntag candidacy would have affected Inslee or Rob McKenna, who is running as a Republican.  Sonntag said he would make his final decision over the 4th of July weekend.

Sonntag is serving his fifth term as state auditor; he was first elected in 1992.  Before that, he served as Pierce County Auditor and Pierce County Clerk. 

"I wish all candidates the best and offer whatever help this office can provide to whoever is elected," Sonntag said in his statement.