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March 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene to go ‘undercover’ to deliver for UPS

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, Democrat of Medina and one-time UPS deliverer.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, Democrat of Medina and one-time UPS deliverer.

WASHINGTON — Some politicians knock on doors for votes. U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will knock and deliver your UPS package.

The freshman Democrat from Medina on Monday announced plans to go “undercover” as a Woman in Brown to make delivery rounds in Redmond Wednesday morning.

The reasons? To bring attention to the benefits of higher minimum wage and, not incidentally, to DelBene herself.

DelBene is one of nearly 200 House Democrats who signed as co-sponsors of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 a hour to $10.10 over two years.

DelBene’s office called UPS an example of a company that invests in its workers. Entry-level loaders at UPS start at about $10 an hour and drivers make an average of $32 to $35 an hour.

At the same time, it’ll bring DelBene face to face with her constituents as she prepares to run for a second term, this time against an Republican Pedro Celis.

Both Celis and DelBene are former Microsoft employees. DelBene, who largely self-financed her previous congressional races, is attempting to run a more grassroots campaign this election.

“It’s a neat, creative way to do door-to-door constituent outreach, and it also doubles as an opportunity to talk minimum wage,” said DelBene’s spokesman, Viet Shelton.

Though Wednesday’s event is billed as an undercover operation, homeowners could expect a crowd along with their packages. The DelBene’s campaign office has invited reporters to tag along in a caravan (for safety reasons, Shelton said, only two people are allowed inside UPS trucks). Alternatively, reporters can travel ahead and meet DelBene at pre-identified delivery locations.

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