Today, without a single vote being cast, at least one candidate is out of the running in the race for the 2012 Democratic nomination in the 1st CD. As I wrote in November,
“What adds special interest to this race is that fact that, due to congressional re-districting as a result of the 2010 census (in which Washington gained a new congressional district), no one really knows what the boundary lines will be for any of the 9 existing congressional districts.”
Today, the Washington State Redistricting Commission released their final map detailing the boundaries for Washington State’s (now 10) congressional districts. Barring any unlikely significant changes from the legislature, the lines will be law by the end of January and will be in effect for the 2012 elections and for the next 10 years.
As for the impact on the current race in the 1st CD, 21st LD Rep. Marko Liias now finds his Edmonds residence in the 7th CD and no longer in the 1st. And he may not be the only candidate departing the race. While I have yet to receive confirmation from Seattle tax attorney, Andrew Hughes, I believe he has also been displaced by the new lines for the district. And so there are five. Almost as quickly as the map was released, the remaining candidates were quick to point out the news to supporters. 45th LD Rep. Roger Goodman made a quick status update to his Facebook page, “Great news! Roger and his strong base of support remain intact in the newly redrawn 1st Congressional District.”
44th LD State Sen. Steve Hobbs and former 45th LD State Rep. Laura Ruderman both issued fundraising emails.
The new Congressional District lines have been drawn, and I’m in the new First District and therefore running in an open seat, as Congressman Inslee is retiring to run for Governor.
This district was drawn to be nearly exactly 50% Democratic and 50% Republican – it’s about as much of a swing district as has ever been drawn in our state.
The only way a Democrat will win this seat in a general election is if they have a proven record of working well on both sides of the political spectrum.
I am the only candidate in this race with a proven record of bi-partisanship!”
“The new Congressional map for Washington State was released this morning, and one thing is clear – I will face some tough primary opposition in the months ahead. Of the 7 democrats who have announced for this seat, 4 of us are within the new boundaries of the 1st Congressional district.
The district includes the north suburbs of King County and the rural areas of Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. I love the idea of representing Mount Vernon – home of the annual tulip festival!
Many of you tell me that you have been waiting for the map to come out to make a decision about giving. The map is out. Please make that contribution today.” [Examiner: I have checked with Ruderman who says she was provided some inacurate information on the number of candidates remaining in the district.]
Both Darcy Burner and Darshan Rauniyar were quick to respond to my request for comment on the new district map.
Burner offered the following,
“I’m excited we now know the district lines – and I’m excited by the district. In addition to the incredibly innovative tech areas around Redmond and Kirkland, it also includes some of the most beautiful territory in the U.S. with alpine lakes, mountains, and the best berry farms in the world. It’s a district that Barack Obama won, it’s a district that Christine Gregoire won, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to ask the good folks of the newly-drawn WA-01 to allow me to represent them in Washington DC.”
Rauniyar sent me the following,
“I am pleased with the proposed district – it is a great cross-section of Washington State, and I look forward to running a vigorous campaign. With public sentiment turning strongly against politicians, I believe that as the only non-politician in the race, I am very well positioned to win next August, and beat John Koster next November. As an entrepreneur, I bring a needed perspective to Congress in these tough economic times, and as an immigrant I bring a global perspective that we desperately need in Washington D.C.”
I am still awaiting comment from both Marko Liias and Andrew Hughes.
For those of you who are wondering why the reference to John Koster seems familiar; one of the other interesting results of the newly drawn congressional districts is the relocating of Republican Snohomish County Councilman, John Koster from the 2nd CD (where he has now lost 2 elections to Democrat, Rick Larsen) to the open seat in the 1st CD.