The Seattle Times, an online partner of My Edmonds News, reported today that it’s unlikely that former Democratic Congressman Brian Baird, who retired from his 3rd District seat last year and moved to Edmonds, will run for a seat in the 1st Congressional District. (The seat is expected to be vacant once Rep. Jay Inslee announces a run for governor.)
Baird encouraged those rumors to an extent when he mentioned to a reporter that he could use his surplus campaign funds — $450,000 at last count — for a future run for office, the Times said. In an interview this week, Baird said the chances of him running for Congress, or any office, in 2012 are “very low.”
Baird and his wife bought a $775,000 house in Edmonds last August, and Baird said he is committed to being a stay-at-home dad to his 6-year-old twin sons, The Times said. His wife, Rachel Nugent, is an economist specializing in global health issues and travels extensively.