This just arrived, addressed to the editor, from state auditor Brian Sonntag. It's interesting that Sonntag, a maverick Democrat, does not endorse fellow Democrat Jay Inslee in the race.
"I truly appreciate all the encouragement from a variety of people and organizations about a possible candidacy for Governor. This support has caused me to give this serious consideration. However, I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2012.
"The Office of State Auditor continues to be a good fit and the place where I can best contribute and focus on my values: Advocating for open and accessible government; holding government accountable to citizens; valuing public employees as aprimary resource.
"In addition, I believe every candidate for state office must address today's foremost issues: Getting the state's financial house in order;
Sustainability of state funds and programs; Right sizing the footprint of state government; and Engaging citizens in a real priority setting effort.
"I wish all candidates the best and offer whatever help this office can provide to whoever is elected."