Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Five years ago, when I became leader, my goals were to build a strong caucus and to retake the majority and to show what that majority meant to the State of Washington. Because of each of you, my goals have been achieved. I want to thank each of you for the privilege of selecting me as Democratic Leader.

Thus, it is time for me to return next year to being a wife, mother, grandmother and daughter (yes, my mother is 89 and still a big part of our family). Simply said, I am not running for re-election to the Senate and looking forward to time with my family!

Thank you for your support over the years. It has been an honor to represent Washington state.

Sincerely,

Sharon Nelson