Leavitt for Congress?

By Andrea Damewood, Columbian staff writer

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Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt posted a puzzling three word message to his Twitter feed Wednesday morning: "Leavitt for Congress?"

The tweet, posted just before noon, elicited responses of "whoa?" and "huh?" from followers.

Leavitt has never publicly mentioned a desire to run for Congress, presumably against Freshman Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Camas Republican.

The two, however, have traded very public letters over the funding for the Columbia River Crossing and a the scope of a proposed C-Tran vote on the operations and maintenance of funding for light rail.

Leavitt responded to a text message asking for comment saying he was unavailable until later. Leavitt, who serves in a nonpartisan position, has not said much about his political allegiances to a party.

Also rumored to be interested in next year's Congressional race is Democratic County Commissioner (and political ally of Leavitt's) Steve Stuart.

Stuart said he is "watching and evaluating."

More information will be posted as it becomes available.