YAKIMA, Wash. — State Rep. Charles Ross said Monday that he will not seek to replace U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, who is retiring at year’s end after serving 10 terms in Congress.

“It’s not the right time for me and my family,” said Ross, a Republican from Naches.

Ross, a former mayor of Naches and a House member since 2003, initially wouldn’t comment either way when contacted by phone on Feb. 14, the day after Hastings announced he would be retiring.

On Monday, he said he would release more information later this week on his decision not to run for Congress.

Ross’ announcement makes it more likely that Dan Newhouse, former state lawmaker and former state Department of Agriculture director, will be the only candidate in the race from Yakima County. Newhouse announced his candidacy Thursday.

The other candidates to announce are state Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake; Brad Peck, Franklin County commissioner; Clint Didier, former NFL tight end and Connell farmer; Gavin Seim, an Ephrata portraitist and filmmaker; and Josh Ramirez of Pasco, a Washington River Protection Solutions project control specialist.