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SEATTLE -- Democratic state auditor Brian Sonntag will not be running for governor, after all. Sonntag had been considering a bid in 2012, but said Monday night that he will not be a candidate.

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, Sonntag wrote.

In June, Sonntag told KING 5 he was considering a run for governor. As state auditor, Sonntag said he had a unique understanding of how to reform state government and would bring a new perspective to the governor s office. A gubernatorial bid by Sonntag might have complicated matters for Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee, who officially launched his campaign last week.

Under the state s top-two primary system, voters are free to cast a ballot for any candidate regardless of party affiliation in the primary, so it s unclear how a Sonntag candidacy would have affected Inslee or Rob McKenna, who is running as a Republican. Sonntag said he would make his final decision over the 4th of July weekend.

Sonntag is serving his fifth term as state auditor; he was first elected in 1992. Before that, he served as Pierce County Auditor and Pierce County Clerk.

I wish all candidates the best and offer whatever help this office can provide to whoever is elected, Sonntag said in his statement.

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