Democrat Jason Rittereiser announced Tuesday that he would be joining the 8th District Congressional Race, taking on Republican Rep. Dave Reichert.

Rittereiser, a former King County Deputy Prosecutor, was born and raised in Ellensburg and now lives in Issaquah. As deputy prosecutor, he focused on the Special Assault Unit and the Violent Crime Unit.

“The 8th Congressional District is diverse and needs a representative in Congress who will always do what’s right by putting the people of our district first,” Rittereiser said.

Chad Ramey, a spokesperson for Rep. Dave Reichert, responded to news that Rittereiser was joining the race saying, “The congressman has dedicated his entire adult life to serving Washington and welcomes anyone who hopes to do the same to run for office.”

The 8th Congressional District stretches across King and Pierce Counties through the Cascade Mountains just east of Ellensburg, Wenatchee and Chelan.