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A list of people who may run for retiring US Rep. Norm Dicks' (D-WA, 6) seat is taking shape this morning.

As we noted in Fizz, moderate state Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26, Gig Harbor), who's pushing a $1 billion jobs bill in Olympia right now, is likely to jump in. He's evidently releasing a statement soon saying he's considering the run.

Other names: Moderate state Sen. Jim Hargrove (D-24, Hoquiam), environmentalist  state Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-23, Bainbridge Island), state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-24, Sequim),  Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown, and progressive Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, who would be the first African-American member of Congress from Washington State.

In other political musical chairs news: Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton is thinking of running for state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson's (D-36, Ballard) seat. Rep. Dickerson announced to her colleagues in caucus yesterday that she is retiring.

UPDATE: Take Rep. Van De Wage off the list of hopefuls. He issued the following statement this afternoon:
After careful consideration with my family, we have decided it is best for the 24th District, and for us, if I remain in the state House. I look forward to working together with the next representative from the 6th Congressional District on the issues of importance to Clallam, Jefferson, and Grays Harbor counties.
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