Crowded field jockeying to represent Washington's 1st district

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by ROBERT MAK / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:39 AM

The race for Congress in Washington's newly drawn 1st District is expected to draw a lot of money and attention nationwide this fall.

The district's boundaries have been changed dramatically, so much so that the formerly Democratic-friendly district is now considered to be a swing seat (see map below).

There's no shortage of candidates -- nine so far. And observers expect Republicans and Democrats to spend millions of dollars to capture the seat.

Whoever wins the seat this fall will represent small-town voters in rural Whatcom County and professionals in Seattle's suburbs.

The district starts at the Canadian border. It comes through eastern Skagit County, including Mount Vernon, Then it picks up Snohomish County, mainly east of the I-5 corridor. The northeast corner of King County is included as well -- cities like Clyde Hill and Redmond and out past North Bend into the Cascades.

With at least nine candidates in the race, the focus for now will be on the August primary. The top two candidates will go on to the general election in November.

The candidates range from state legislators to Microsoft veterans, and from entrepreneurs to city officials.

Republicans are excited at their chances of picking up the seat, noting that the district has so many rural voters. So far, three have jumped into the race, but there are rumblings that others may announce as well.

Hear more from these candidates on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on KING 5 News Up Front.

And see a list of the candidates and find links to their websites.

Washington's 1st congressional district

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