Chapman suspends campaign for 21st district seat

  • By Evan Smith, Herald writer
  • Friday, January 20, 2012 11:11am

Democratic 21st Legislative District candidate Darrell Chapman says that he has suspended his 2012 campaign for the Legislature and that he is looking forward to a campaign in 2014.

Chapman registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission in September as a candidate for the position in the state House of Representatives that Democrat Marko Liias intended to give up to run for Congress.

Registration with the PDC allows a candidate to raise and spend money for the August primary and November general election.

Candidates file for ballot positions May 12-18.

After the state redistricting commission put Liias’ Edmonds home into Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott’s district, Liias announced that he would run for re-election to the Legislature, and Chapman said that he would not run against Liias.

But Chapman said Thursday that he is merely suspending his campaign while he watches what 21st District legislators do and that he is looking forward to a 2014 campaign.

Liias and Democratic state Rep. Mary Helen Roberts will be on the ballot this year for two-year terms. Democratic state Sen. Paull Shin’s four-year term expires after the 2014 election.

There have been rumors that Shin would retire since before the 2010 election, but Chapman said that he doesn’t know about Shin’s plans and that he doesn’t have bad wishes for any of the legislators.

Chapman has reported raising $10,584, with the largest donations coming from labor organizations.

He said that he would talk to contributors before deciding whether to return the money or to “wait to see how our representatives handle themselves in this session.’

He added, “At this time I have no intention of running for either house seat.”

He said that he plans to run in 2014 and that he has “enormous support” and could have easily raised the money for the 2012 campaign.

“If I change my mind after talking to my contributors I will either return the money or give to candidates, but only after discussions with the House Democratic Campaign Committee or whomever I choose.”

Liias said two weeks ago that he was waiting to decide what to do with money that he raised as a Congressional candidate. Some contributors gave him more than they would be allowed to give him as a state candidate.

The 21st District has included Lynnwood, Mukilteo and most of Edmonds but now will no longer include Lynnwood but will include areas around Everett.

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