OLYMPIA, Wash. — Sen. Mike Baumgartner has announced that he’s not running for re-election this year, and will run for Spokane County treasurer.

The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that Baumgartner will seek the county office now occupied by Republican Rob Chase, who is not running for re-election.

Baumgartner is a two-term senator with a degree in economics. He said he would emphasize fiscal transparency and fiscal conservative values if elected.

He says he will endorse Republican Rep. Jeff Holy of Cheney for his seat.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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