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The news is out. The likely candidates for state Attorney General are . . . drum roll, please . . . Bob Ferguson and Reagan

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Wanted: Populist Who Can Liven Up the Attorney General Race

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The news is out. The likely candidates for state Attorney General are . . . drum roll, please . . . Bob Ferguson and Reagan Dunn. Which means that a lot of people around the state are going to be saying: Umm, who?

Neither pol has statewide recognition, and maybe that's OK. Current Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is expected to run for governor, was a county council member too when he made the leap to run for statewide office.

But McKenna had been considered a bright star of the Republican party for some time. In contrast, Ferguson and Dunn have little about them that makes them stand out.

The most salient fact about Ferguson, apparently, is simply that the Seattle Democrat got elected. Says The Seattle Times: "Ferguson is best known as a hardworking campaigner who doorbelled thousands of homes to upset 20-year Democratic incumbent Cynthia Sullivan and win his first term in 2003."

Republican Dunn, meanwhile, is best known as the son of the late Jennifer Dunn, a former congresswoman and one of the state's most regal politicians. He's got a first name, of course, that will resonate with voters too, even if they're thinking of a former president rather than a county pol.

Other than that, probably the most interesting fact that has come out about Dunn of late is that he owned a remarkably lavish Maple Valley home, which boasted a garage that was as big as some houses.

Sure, Dunn and Ferguson are both solid and moderate politicians. Each has served as chair of the council's Law, Justice, Health, and Human Services Committee, which deals with programs that represent the vast majority of the county's budget.

But solid and moderate adds up to one boring race. It makes one nostalgic for the 2004 AG race, when McKenna ran against fiery populist Deborah Senn (pictured above), a former state insurance commissioner. Then again, it's not too late to liven up the current AG race. Any populists out there want to throw their hat in the ring?

 
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