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July 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement

The redrawing of Washington’s 1st Congressional District and the vacancy created by Democrat Jay Inslee, who left his seat to run for governor, have created a competitive race that includes five Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent. The August 7 primary election will reduce the number of candidates to two for the November ballot.

Congressional District 1 candidates - Seattle CityClub Debate

Candidates for the First Congressional District showed their colors in the CityClub debate’s lightning round in Redmond on July 25, 2012. (Photo courtesy Seattle CityClub)

REDMOND, Wash. — Six of the seven candidates running for Congress in the newly redrawn District 1 participated in Seattle CityClub’s 2012 Community Matters Campaign Civil Civics this past week to debate and answer audience questions.

Candidates included Democrats Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, Steve Hobbs, Darshan Rauniyar, and Laura Ruderman alongside Republican John Koster. The only candidate not present for the debate was Independent Larry Ishmael. Joni Balter of the Seattle Times moderated what she called the “liveliest” congressional race in the state.

The sold-out event held on the Microsoft campus was packed with press, Microsoft employees, and the general public. The audience was attentive and respectful, even amid a few tough questions and a zinging comment by Burner toward DelBene at the end of the debate.

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