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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Rodney Tom announces bid for Congress

The race for the 8th Congressional District just got a little more interesting with the official announcement of Rodney Tom's candidacy:

State Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said Tuesday he will challenge former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner to be the Democratic candidate in Washington's 8th Congressional District.

The winner would face U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., in 2008. Reichert defeated Burner by a slim margin last year to win his second term.

Tom, a real estate agent and a former Republican, said he is just beginning his fundraising efforts. But he said his experience at the Legislature - he's been elected three times, including two stints in the House - sets him apart.
The event was held at Renton Technical College this morning and was attended by numerous activists and party regulars. Tom was flanked by 48th District Representative Deb Eddy and 45th District Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman in addition to Richard Cole of the Redmond City Council.

Television and radio outlets were conspicuously absent from this important announcement, although writers for the Seattle Times and AP were in attendance.

About thirty to forty people were in the room to observe or show their support.

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