U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

SEATTLE (AP) - Former Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert says he's not running for governor of Washington state.

His announcement Tuesday comes just days after the state party officials said he was considering a 2020 run against Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee, KCPQ-TV reports. Inslee recently dropped his presidential bid and announced he was running for a third term.

In a written statement, Reichert said that while he was honored to have been asked to consider a run, after "much thoughtful prayer and discussion with family and friends" he decided against it. He says he will continue working at Tacoma-based Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs.

A few Republicans have already announced plans to run for governor, including state Sen. Phil Fortunato, Anton Sakharov, and Loren Culp, the police chief of Republic, in eastern Washington.

A Republican has not occupied the governor's office in more than three decades.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.