Republican Jan Angel and Democrat Jim Hargrove say they won't run for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks.

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Two state legislators, Jan Angel and Jim Hargrove, have bowed out of contention as successors to U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, saying they will run for re-election instead.

Dicks announced his retirement March 2, setting off the district’s first campaign without an incumbent in 36 years. State Sen. Derek Kilmer quickly became the first Democrat to announce he would run, joining two Republicans, attorney Doug Cloud and consultant Jesse Young.

Angel had been one of the main Republican prospects, but said she wants to stay in the state House representing the area from Gig Harbor to her home of Port Orchard.

“I have been truly honored by those that have asked me to consider running for the 6th congressional seat; however, I love working for and representing the people of the 26th District, as their state representative,” Angel said.

Republicans who had encouraged Angel to run are left hoping Young or Cloud can win or that a more well-known candidate will come forward.

Hargrove, a state senator since 1985 who chairs the Senate’s Human Services and Corrections Committee, said he would rather remain one of the Legislature’s longest-serving members than start at the bottom rung of seniority.

“I took a little over a week and a half talking to colleagues, family, close friends,” said Hargrove, a conservative Democrat, “and basically the almost universal consensus was, I have a pretty big impact in the Senate. I get a lot done for people. Why would I want to go to a place where I’m one of 435 (members of Congress) — a freshman?”

Other Democrats considering running for Dicks’ seat include Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown and Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon, who also is a state senator.