End­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion as to whether she would join the crowd­ed field of Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans who want to rep­re­sent Wash­ing­ton’s new 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, Suzan Del­Bene has offi­cial­ly declared her can­di­da­cy for U.S. House, say­ing she has the expe­ri­ence and the vision to rep­re­sent sub­ur­ban and rur­al King, Sno­homish, Skag­it, and Whatom counties.

“The 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict is a diverse dis­trict that has been hit hard by the Great Reces­sion,” Del­Bene said in a news release.

“It needs a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Con­gress who has the expe­ri­ence and the inno­v­a­tive ideas that will get our econ­o­my back on the right track and cre­ate jobs, and I believe I offer those qual­i­ties. In Con­gress, I plan to work with Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and with mem­bers of both par­ties to break the hyper­par­ti­san grid­lock in D.C. in order to strength­en over­sight of Wall Street, pro­tect con­sumers and assist those in need.”

“I did not make this deci­sion light­ly. I did my home­work before decid­ing to enter the  race. I believe I have the right skills and expe­ri­ence to rep­re­sent the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, and I am ful­ly com­mit­ted to win­ning,” Del­Bene said.

Del­Bene faces strong com­pe­ti­tion. Fel­low Democ­rats Dar­cy Burn­er, Lau­ra Rud­er­man, Steve Hobbs, Roger Good­man, and Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar are already in the race. Burn­er has pre­vi­ous­ly run for fed­er­al office twice, while Rud­er­man, Hobbs, and Good­man have all run suc­cess­ful­ly for state Leg­is­la­ture mul­ti­ple times and won.

Only Rau­ni­yar is a newcomer.


About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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