Secretary of State Sam Reed stopped by the office today, part of a touch-base tour after his announcement last week that he would not be running for a fourth term in 2012.

Secretary of State Sam Reed stopped by the office today, part of a touch-base tour after his announcement last week that he would not be running for a fourth term in 2012.

Though he’s still got a few statewide elections to land safely before his departure date — as we know in Washington, that’s sometimes not always an easy thing – the announcement prompted a round of editorials from around the state lauding Reed’s first 10 years in office.

Let me add my own appreciation. Reed is an unusual public servant who, though he considers himself a partisan Republican, puts his constituents before special interests, including his own party. We saw this in his defense of the top-two primary and in his neutral umpiring of the razor-tight 2004 gubernatorial election, which he acknowledged today cost him a few friendships among fellow party members.