State Sen. Fred Jarrett (D-Mercer Island) emailed supporters this morning officially announcing that he’s kinda sorta maybe considering whether to consider a run for King County Executive:
You may have read recent press reports that I might be a candidate for King County Executive this year. Over the past several months many of my friends and supporters have encouraged me to consider entering this race.
I am currently occupied with my Senate duties and will be until the session ends. That is my priority. I am deeply involved in strengthening education and the challenges of our budget, and the economic situation our state faces. Even if I decided to run, I am prohibited from doing so during the legislative session. Consequently, I’ve answered those who’ve suggested the race that while I saw the opportunities a new county executive would have, I didn’t know how it could be done.
This weekend, Susan and I talked about the race. What it would mean for our family and what I could bring to the race. We decided we should take a closer look into whether such a candidacy would be feasible.
Well that clears up everything.
It’s no secret that Jarrett would love to take on the Executive job, but running for it, that’s an entirely different question, especially considering he’s barred from raising money until after the current legislative session. That complicates things for Jarrett and Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48)—who is also rumored to be considering a run at the Exec office (or perhaps WA-08)—and places them both at substantial disadvantage against councilmembers Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine, who are already in full campaign mode.
Still, a lot of folks really like Jarrett and his chances; 41st LD hoo-hahs had already started jockeying to line up his senate replacement, well before today’s pseudo-announcement. Hell… I really like Jarrett, despite his Republican heritage, and if I didn’t ultimately support him, would find it nigh impossible to back an opponent in my usual enthusiastic style.
This one, at least, is potentially shaping up to be an interesting race.