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Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed to retire
|Last Edited||RP Jun 29, 2011 11:07am|
|Media||Newspaper - Seattle Times|
|News Date||Tuesday, June 28, 2011 07:15:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Secretary of State Sam Reed, who saw Washington through its most turbulent gubernatorial election in history, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election next year. |
Reed, who took office in 2001, was in charge of elections in 2004 when Gov. Chris Gregoire beat Republican Dino Rossi by only 133 votes after two recounts and a court challenge.
Reed said he strove for neutrality during the highly charged contest, although his decisions angered some fellow Republicans. He said he hopes the person who replaces him will walk the middle road in politics.
"I hope that one of my legacies, and I worked to pass it on, is moderation in politics," he said. "I believe in operating in the big middle of the electorate and not being to the far right or the far left. I think you get so much more done."