Attorney General Bob Ferguson of Washington has indicated that he is considering a bid for governor in 2024. On Monday, May 1, Washington’s Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, declared he would not run for a historic fourth term.
Ferguson, a Democrat who won statewide office in 2012, posted a video on YouTube declaring his candidacy. Ferguson said in the video, “I’ve never been frightened of tough challenges, and I’ve never lost sight of who I’m fighting for.”
A fellow Democrat, Washington State Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, tweeted early Tuesday, May 2, morning, “Stay tuned. A major announcement is forthcoming”… Franz has implied that she would run for governor, although she has made no official declarations.
Caleb Heimlich, the Republican head of the state legislature, believes his party can win back the governor’s mansion. Since John Spellman’s term as Governor of Washington ended in 1985, no Republican has held the position.
”We’re casting a wide net talking to people from all walks of life in Washington state, and looking for kind of the perfect combination of that person that can bring people together can present a compelling vision for the future of Washington state,” said Heimlich.
He said that former congressmen Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dave Reichert, state senator John Braun, state representative Jim Walsh, Yakima doctor Raul Garcia, and Richland school board member Semi Bird had all been contacted as possible Republican candidates.
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“We’re kind of taking all calls right now,” Heimlich added. Former Congressman Reichert said of a possible run for governor, “Never say never.” Reichert left Congress in 2019. Walsh said there is a “possibility” he may enter the race. Garcia declared himself a “probable” contender for governor.
Bird, who just declared his candidacy for the 2022 election, has called for tax reform and more measures to compensate for educational losses sustained during the epidemic. He added that the state’s response to the outbreak piqued his interest in politics.
“When they shut down the schools, I said, I will serve our children and those families,” said Bird. “But I think people are ready for change. I think they don’t they don’t want the name brand. They don’t want the political aristocracy, the elite few.”