One of Franklin County's top elected leaders is considering running to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, who is retiring.
Commissioner Brad Peck announced Saturday that he's taken the steps to establish an exploratory committee.
Peck, 55, took office as a county commissioner in 2009. He also is chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party and is on the executive board of the Washington State Republican Party.
He served on active duty in the Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2003 as a lieutenant colonel, and went on to spend about six years at Energy Northwest.
He also is known for purchasing and restoring the historic Moore Mansion in Pasco.
Hastings announced last week that he won't run for re-election this fall. Those who have announced interest in the seat include State Sens. Sharon Brown of Kennewick and Jana Holmquist Newbry of Moses Lake; former state Department of Agriculture director Dan Newhouse; and Josh Ramirez, a Washington River Protection Solutions project control specialist.