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.