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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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April 3, 2012 at 7:28 AM

With Jay Inslee moving on, newly redrawn First Congressional District boasts fierce competition

The newly redistricted 1st CD stretches from the Canadian border to Medina.

The newly redistricted 1st Congressional District stretches from the Canadian border to Medina. (Courtesy of redistricting.wa)

Update, April 12: Roger Goodman has withdrawn from 1st CD race, making the Democratic competition slightly less crowded. He will instead run for re-election to his old seat in the 46th LD.

Only three months in and 2012 is shaping up to be a year of political intensity, and not just for the presidential candidates. Washington state’s recently finalized redistricting of congressional districts has set the stage for a fierce competition, but it’s not where one might expect.

Thanks to the 2010 US Census results, the Evergreen State gained a coveted prize — another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. This representative will herald from the state’s newly established 10th Congressional District, smack in the middle of Pierce County and centered around Olympia. One would think this new political arena would be the talk of the town and swarming with legislative hopefuls. But as of now the 10th is home to only three announced candidates, Democrat Denny Heck and Republicans Stan Flemming and Dick Muri.

Meanwhile, it is the no-longer-recognizable 1st Congressional District that’s heating up with competition. The Redistricting Committee has redrawn the 1st’s geographical and political lines. What used to be a compact “water district” of mostly King and Kitsap counties is now a sprawling beast, stretching from Medina to the Canadian border and incorporating everything from the UW-Bothell campus to rural farmland in Lynden. Of the District’s 672,000-plus population, over half are transplants from different jurisdictions.

The adjusted territory has dramatically altered the district’s political leanings. The former 1st was solidly Democratic, but the new boundaries include Republican strongholds, like conservative Whatcom County. That, coupled with former Democratic 1st CD Rep. Jay Inslee’s resignation from Congress to run for Governor makes this CD a new ballgame.

And people are lining up to run: six Democrats, an Independent and a Republican. With eight people vying for one spot, it’s essential to know the players.

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