EVERETT — Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe has decided not to run for a third term in office.
Roe, 58, on Wednesday said he quietly has been letting staff and community leaders know that he plans to retire from that job when his term ends in December 2018.
Roe said he’d been “waffling” about whether to seek another four years in office, but a recent health scare brought the decision into sharper focus.
“A couple of months ago, my doctor ate my waffle,” he said.
Roe said his health is fine and he remains fit, but the episode “made crystal clear to me I need to take better care of myself.”
He also wants to spend more time with his wife, longtime deputy prosecutor Lisa Paul, who retired earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Roe said, there is plenty of work to accomplish during the next 14 months.
“There are important decisions to be made between now and 2018 and I still think I’m the best person to make them,” he said.
“He would do a great job in continuing the traditions of our office,” Roe said.
Cornell, 45, of Edmonds, has long been viewed as a potential candidate for prosecutor or another elected office.
“I deeply appreciate Mr. Roe’s kind words about me and I expect to have an announcement of some kind or another in the coming weeks,” Cornell said Wednesday.
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