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  Dennis Kucinich opts out of Washington state race, will retire
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  May 16, 2012 04:49pm
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AuthorRachel Rose Hartman
News DateWednesday, May 16, 2012 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOhio Rep. Dennis Kucinich announced Wednesday he has decided against running for Congress in Washington state, where activists had urged him to launch a campaign. In a statement, Kucinich signaled the end of his 16-year congressional career:

Because of my love of public service, I have given a great deal of time and much thought to the advice and encouragement I have received from so many people of good will in Washington State. I certainly want to continue to be of service to our country and to the working men and women who have built it.

After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress. My commitments to peace, to workers' rights and to social and economic justice are constant and are not dependent upon holding an office.
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