The rumor mill was right. Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer is not ruling out the idea of running to fill the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.
According to someone who attended a meeting of real estate pros tonight Boyer stopped by the meeting briefly and after he left those still at the event began discussing whether Boyer might run.
“It’s always in the back of my mind that you’re looking for the next way to serve,” Boyer said by phone Wednesday night.
Boyer was elected Kitsap County Sheriff in 1998 as a Democrat and was a Washington State Trooper for 27 years before that. The sheriff said he was honored people called him to ask. “It’s nice people thought enough to call me from both sides of the aisle,” he said. “I gotta look at it.”
Three Republicans and one Democrat are on record so far saying
they’re aiming to replace Dicks. Republicans Doug Cloud, Jesse
Sauerwein (Based on a tip from one of the commenters I called
Sauerwein and he said he withdrew three weeks ago. I have also
removed him from the poll in the right column.) are lined up
against Democrat Derek Kilmer, state senator from Gig Harbor.
Kilmer sent out a list of 37 leaders from the region, including 14 from Kitsap County, who have already lent an endorsement.
Boyer praised Kilmer, but said, “It’s better that we have a number of qualified candidates rather than the lesser of two evils.” He also said he thought he could do a good job in Washington, D.C.
State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, also thought about running, but decided now was not the time. Several others, including state Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, and state Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, may still considering whether to run.