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State Rep Harris ends guessing He wont run for county commissioner

first_imgEven before Commissioner Steve Stuart, the lone Democrat on the three-member Clark County Board of Commissioners, decided not to seek re-election, his Republican counterparts had his successor in mind: State Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver. Republican Commissioner David Madore took to Facebook early in 2013 to blast Stuart — and declared that Harris would try to oust the Democrat in the 2014 election. Until now, Harris would not say if he would make a run for the seat. But Friday, in an editorial board meeting at The Columbian, Harris said he is happy serving as a state legislator. Asked point-blank if he were running for county commissioner, Harris said, “Heavens no.” “I like where I’m at,” Harris told the editorial board. “I like being a state legislator. I enjoy it, and I’m going to stay right where I’m at,” he said. Harris said he did consider running for the position, but that he held off making a decision until after the Legislature adjourned in March. So far, no Republicans have announced they will run for the seat, which represents the southwest corner of the county, including a large portion of the city of Vancouver. Several of the Democrats in the running to be appointed to the remainder of Stuart’s term have indicated they will run.last_img read more