Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer sent out a release today saying he won’t run for the Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair.
Last month Boyer said he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of running for the 6th Congressional seat.
“It’s always in the back of my mind that you’re looking for the next way to serve,” Boyer said March 7.
Since then he’s decided not to join the race. Instead Boyer has endorsed state Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, who announced his intentions to run earlier this year.
Here’s the official release from Boyer:
Like so many throughout Kitsap County, I was surprised by Congressman Norm Dicks’ announcement that he would not be seeking reelection. Once the initial impact of the announcement passed, I took some time to consider whether the honor to participate as a United States Congressman and to help set a positive course for the future of America might be the best decision for my family, Kitsap County, and the citizens of the 6th Congressional District.
There were many factors to weigh while considering a decision of this magnitude and I would like to give my thanks for the confidence and encouragement extended by so many diverse groups and individuals for such a candidacy. The final analysis demanded determining where one can provide the most value for our citizens. This would be a capstone to my 40 years of public service in which success is measured by accomplishment and the respective trust which must exist with our citizens. I also have a high level of personal and professional satisfaction in ensuring public safety as the Kitsap County Sheriff.
Therefore, after due consideration, I am endorsing Derek Kilmer in the Sixth District Congressional race. He has the right skill set built upon a foundation of strong character. I trust that Derek will always defend American values and do what is important for our Nation.
Yours in safety,
Stephen A. Boyer