State legislators Jan Angel and Jim Hargrove have bowed out of contention as successors to U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, saying they will run for re-election instead.
Dicks announced his retirement March 2, setting off the district’s first campaign without an incumbent in 36 years. State Sen. Derek Kilmer quickly became the first Democrat to announce he would run, joining two Republicans, attorney Doug Cloud and consultant Jesse Young.
Angel had been one of the main Republican prospects, but said Saturday she wants to stay in the state House.
“I have been truly honored by those that have asked me to consider running for the 6th Congressional seat; however, I love working for and representing the people of the 26th District,” Angel said.
Republicans who had encouraged Angel to run are left hoping Young or Cloud can win or that a more well-known candidate will come forward.
If Kilmer goes to Washington, D.C., it would open up a new opportunity for Angel, who could run in 2013 to fill out the end of his term in the state Senate.