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Kilmer out, Hilary Franz ends gubernatorial bid for congressional seat

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OLYMPIA, Wash., November 12, 2023—A day after United States Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced that he will not seek re-election in 2024, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said on Friday, November 10, that she will run for the congressional seat, ending her gubernatorial campaign.

“From climate change to abortion rights, rising costs, threats to democracy, and the gun violence epidemic, the challenges we face today go beyond the borders of our state, so must our solutions,” Hilary Franz said in her campaign video. “That’s why I’m running for Congress. To lower costs for working families, to get at the root causes of our most intractable problems, and to build a future the next generation can count on.”

According to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, Franz has over $300,000 on hand after spending $435,708 towards her gubernatorial bid. There is no financial data on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for Franz, however, she did file with the commission on Saturday, November 11. Rep. Kilmer, a resident of Port Angeles, has endorsed Franz to succeed him and according to the FEC, has $1.427 million cash on hand.

Kilmer has spent nearly eleven years in the U.S. House of Representatives and will not be seeking a seventh term to spend more time with his wife and kids.

“It’s been an extraordinary honor to do this work – not just on behalf of my kids but also on behalf of the nearly 800,000 other folks who reside in Washington’s Sixth Congressional District,” Kilmer wrote announcing he will not seek re-election.

The 6th congressional district comprises the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas and most of the city of Tacoma. Franz announced her gubernatorial bid on May 10, just over a week after Governor Jay Inslee shared that he will not seek a fourth term.

“Now is the time to intensely focus on all we can accomplish in the next year and a half, and I intend to do just that. I look forward to continued partnership with legislators and community leaders to address Washington’s homelessness crisis, speed our efforts to expand behavioral health services, continue our fight against climate change, and continue making Washington a beacon of progress for all,” Inslee wrote in a prepared statement.

To learn more about Hilary Franz, visit https://www.hilaryfranz.com.

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