Benton County Commissioner Jerome Delvin, one of the first speculated to be a potential congressional candidate following U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings’ retirement announcement two weeks ago, says he will not run for the office.
Delvin, a former state lawmaker in both the House and Senate who was elected to the Benton County Commission in 2012, said he is committed to his current elected office.
“D.C. is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time there,” Delvin said in a telephone interview.
Delvin’s successor in the state Senate, Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, recently formed an exploratory committee to decide if she’ll run for Congress. Delvin said he expects to endorse a candidate but would wait until closer to the primary to make a decision.
Following last week’s round of candidacy confirmations, Delvin is the second person in as many days to announce he is not running.
Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, pulled his name out of consideration for the 4th Congressional District seat on Monday.