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October 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

‘Pray Your Gay Away’? Celis says Democrats distort his views

Mailers showing up in the 1st Congressional District attack Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis over his past statements on abortion and gay marriage. But Celis’ campaign says the pieces, sent by the state Democratic Party in support of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, are over the top and distort his views. The pieces say Celis’ views on marriage…

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October 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck…

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October 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Pedro Celis mocked by conservative radio hosts for vague answers

What should have been a friendly radio chat flipped into a PR headache on Thursday for Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis. Celis, who is challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District, went on KIRO radio yesterday to try to explain his vague answers in a KIRO news story about…

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September 5, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Pedro Celis: I’ll only serve 6 terms in Congress

Update: 5:45 p.m. Some of the platform statements released by Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis on Friday copied lines from two Virginia Republican candidates Celis’ new communications director had previously worked for. For example, as part of his energy policy statement, Celis says he opposes government subsidies for alternative energy: “If there is a new…

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September 3, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Pedro Celis hires strategists who helped topple Eric Cantor

After a shaky primary-election showing, Republican congressional candidate Pedro Celis has reshuffled his campaign, replacing his campaign manager and hiring a pair of young strategists who helped tea-party challenger Dave Brat beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this year. Brat’s campaign manager, Zachary Werrell, is now managing Celis’ campaign, replacing local Republican strategist Don…

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August 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Celis declares victory, looks to fall matchup with DelBene

It wasn’t pretty, but Republican Pedro Celis appears to have secured a spot on the November ballot against Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District north of Seattle. With a new round of ballots counted Friday, Celis extended his lead over Republican rival Robert Sutherland to 922 votes. “It appears we have won and…

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August 7, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Celis pushes ahead of Sutherland in 1st District primary

The latest round of ballot counting on Thursday pushed Republican candidate Pedro Celis into second place in the 1st Congressional District primary, making it more likely the favored candidate of the Republican Party establishment will advance to the November general election. Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, had been in third place in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s totals,…

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August 6, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Pedro Celis still trails in race to challenge DelBene

With new vote counts released Wednesday, Republican Pedro Celis remained in third place in the 1st Congressional District, leaving the GOP’s anointed 2014 challenger to rookie Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in danger of not making it to the November ballot. Celis gained some ground, but still trailed fellow Republican Robert Sutherland by 265 votes as…

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June 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

DelBene challenger Celis downplays personal views on abortion and gay marriage

Republican Pedro Celis is trying to keep the focus on Obamacare and the economy in his bid to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene this year. But at a GOP candidate forum Thursday night at an Everett restaurant, Celis was reminded that some conservative Republicans also care deeply about social issues, including abortion and…

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April 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

DelBene challenger Celis donates $36,000 to his campaign

Republican Pedro Celis and his wife have kicked in $36,000 to seed his challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the First Congressional District. Celis, a retired Microsoft engineer, raised about $200,000 in about a month since he announced his candidacy in late February, according to a first-quarter fundraising report filed with the Federal…

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