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With early numbers in, incumbent Suzan DelBene is leading in the race for the state's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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MOUNT VERNON — Incumbent Suzan DelBene faces off against Sultan City Councilman Jeffrey Beeler for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Washington’s 1st Congressional District.

Election Results

U.S. Senate

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Susan Hutchison (R) 1,282,804
42%
Maria Cantwell (D) 1,803,364
58%

U.S House District 1

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Jeffrey Beeler (R) 135,534
41%
Suzan DelBene (D) 197,209
59%

U.S House District 2

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Brian Luke (L) 84,646
29%
Rick Larsen (D) 210,187
71%

Candidate Questionairres

Below are responses for the candidates running in this election.
Questions Suzan DelBene Jeffrey Beeler Brian Luke Rick Larsen Susan Hutchison Maria Canwell
Age 56 49 45 53 64 59
Residence Medina Sultan Lynnwood Everett Seattle Edmonds
Occupation US Representative, WA-01 Small Business Owner of 30 years Grocery Department Manager Congressman for Washington’s 2nd District 20 years TV News Journalist KIRO (CBS) – Five Emmys; 10 years Executive Director, Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences U.S. Senator
Education BS, Reed College; MBA, University of Washington Some college M.A. in International Studies (Middle East focus) - University of Washington; B.A.s in History, Classical Studies, and Comparative Religion - University of Washington; Advanced Paralegal Certificate - Edmonds Community College. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state and have a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Bachelor of Science, University of Florida; Certificate, National Security Forum, USAF Air University; Adjunct Professor, Seattle Pacific University Miami University of Ohio
Elected offices held US House of Representatives, WA-01 Sultan City Council - 9 years None t is my privilege to serve as the Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. I’ve also served on the Snohomish County Council. Chairman, Washington State Republican Party, August 2013 to February 2018 WA State House, U.S House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Elected offices sought US House of Representatives, WA-01 City Council and Congressional WA-01 2nd Congressional District Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District U.S. Senate (2018); King County Executive (2009) U.S Senate
Community involvement I’ve mentored students at UW Business School; been active in my church, serving as a board member. Volunteered with the PTA, Girl Scouts and YWCA, supporting transitional housing, job training and services to help families get back on their feet. Basketball Coach YMCA, AWANA Leader at Cascade Community Church, Board Member of U.S. 2 Safety Coalition, LEOFF Board Member for Snohomish County, PSRC Transportation Policy Board Member No response My parents were an important influence on me, encouraging me to be involved in my local community. Their encouragement continues to be a motivation for my service to our communities. Seattle Colleges Advisory Board; Mayor Nickels Good Neighbor Award; Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation; Seattle Symphony Chair; King County Elections Task Force-Ron Sims appointee; Salvation Army NW Board; Governor’s A+ Education Commission-Gary Locke appointee; Young Life Chair; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-Presidential appointee; Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Trustee Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Honorary Council of Advisors; South Snohomish Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member; Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Library; Alderwood Rotary, Former Board Member; Apollo Alliance, Founding Board Member
Campaign website www.delbeneforcongress.com www.beeler4congress.com https://luke4congress.com/ www.ricklarsen.org www.Susan4Senate.com Cantwell.com
Why are you running for office? I am running for Congress to stand up for the middle class. My father lost his job when I was a child, and we went through tough times as a family. I was only able to go to college because of financial aid, work-study programs, and student loans. That education, combined with hard work, gave me the foundation to build a successful career as a business executive and entrepreneur. I know what it is like to struggle, and I know how important public education and student loans were to opening the door of opportunity for my own success, as well as that of families across our country. I will continue my efforts to make college more accessible and affordable, such as lowering student loan interest rates and allowing students to refinance their loans. Every child deserves access to a high-quality education regardless of their parents' income or zip code and that starts with investments in early learning and K-12 schools. We must also do more to support employee training and expand apprenticeship programs to ensure we have a highly-trained, skilled workforce ready for the new jobs being created in today's changing economy. Finally, we must make smart funding decisions based on what gives our communities the best return on investment such as in infrastructure, innovative research and education – all proven job-creating investments. I believe the top priority of the citizens of the First Congressional District and across the country is creating good-paying jobs and building a strong economy that works for everyone. I’ll fight every day for policies that help Washingtonians get ahead: creating better schools and apprenticeship programs, ensuring equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, making higher education more attainable, investing in infrastructure and protecting Social Security and Medicare for generations to come. I am tired of the partisan bickering back in DC. I want to bring common sense back to politics so we can find common ground and make the hard decisions on the important issues, not blame the other side for not getting anything done. Immigration, health care, balanced budget, these are the things that need to be discussed and resolved, and if it takes stepping outside of party politics to make those decisions then we need to elect people who are interested in doing that, like myself. I am concerned about the national debt, a dangerous and expensive interventionist US foreign policy, jobs, and matters of freedom. Furthermore, I want a Libertarian presence in this race. Born and raised in Arlington, representing the 2nd District is a great privilege and honor. Each and every day I am guided by what I hear when visiting with students, families, veterans and small businesses at home – the challenges they face, and the opportunities they seek. And it all comes down to being a champion for them. I am running for Congress to bring middle class families better jobs and higher wages and give people the tools they will need to succeed in the 21st century - by investing in our transportation infrastructure, expanding access to STEM education and skills training, and ensuring the next generation of workers has the tools they need to compete in a global marketplace. Fighting for our middle class also means addressing the challenges Washingtonians face every day. I am committed to protecting access to affordable healthcare, fighting the opioid epidemic, and keeping this administration accountable for undermining our investments in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We cannot allow these vital resources to be stripped from our communities. I believe if we invest our resources locally, give our communities the tools they need to thrive, and empower middle class families and workers, the result will be economic growth and a better future for all. If you feel the same – I ask for your support. Our people deserve better than an ineffective Senator seeking an undeserved 4th term. We need a Senator who truly cares about the concerns of this Washington, not the other. Unlike her, I’ve been in every county and corner of the state these last 5 years--and I’ve heard you! You are fed up with Seattle’s harmful policies which she accepts and supports--polices that jeopardize our future. You want a Senator who votes your pocketbook, not hers. You want big change now and so do I. In this election, I’m fighting for you. Fighting against a state income tax, and against reckless spending of your taxes. Fighting for children’s health, for public schools, for fair elections in King County. Unlike my opponent, I would have voted for working-family tax cuts, for our military, for the first woman to head the CIA. I will champion Washington’s farms that feed the world. I can bring home vital infrastructure dollars, which she cannot. I’ll be your voice. I’ll fight for you. Let’s win this together! I’m proud to represent the people of Washington state and the values we share. In the Senate, I’ve learned how to overcome partisan divides and gridlock to get things done for students, seniors, veterans, women and working families who make Washington their home. I’ve authored legislation to help bring prosperity to our state and nation. And I’ve fought to ensure that prosperity lifts us all up, not just a few. I believe in protecting the health of our families and the environment we live in. I believe in making smart long-term investments, like caring for our children and making education affordable. By working together, we can find real solutions to the problems and challenges facing our country — we can grow the economy, build clean energy jobs, protect the environment, provide educational opportunities for all people at all stages of life, protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and ensure that housing, health care and retirement remain affordable for working families.
What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position? Jobs and the economy are the most pressing concerns of people in the 1st Congressional District and across the country. I know firsthand what it is like to struggle financially growing up and how much a job can be a source of economic stability and health as well as a source of personal pride. We must build an economy that works for everyone, where prosperity is widely shared and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. The economy. I believe the biggest issue is our national debt, which will hurt future generations of Americans. The federal government will spend an enormous amount on interest on our debt in the coming decades. Furthermore, federal borrowing could raise the interest rates for households and businesses, which could reduce employment opportunities. The biggest issue I will face in Congress will be strengthening and expanding the middle class, and providing increased opportunities for the future workforce. A strong and vibrant middle class is the foundation of the American dream. I am committed not just to making that dream more accessible to anyone who’s willing to work hard and play by the rules, but to protecting it from the forces in Washington, D.C. that are trying to pull it apart. In the time since my campaign started, the major issues that have been raised range from the Supreme Court to catastrophic forest fires to immigration. For my views on key campaign issues, see “18 Reasons to Vote For Susan Hutchison” on my website at www.Susan4Senate.com/18-reasons But wherever I go, the biggest issue is that the people of our state are desperate for change. My mission is to ensure that our prosperity is shared, so I fight for things working families need, like access to education, apprenticeships, and job training, and making housing, health care, and child care more affordable.
How will you address this issue? I know what it will take to ensure that our nation and this region lead in creating high-wage 21st century jobs—great educational opportunities for our children and ongoing training for adults; a financial system that is fair, strong, and transparent; incentives that foster research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and a health care system that works for everyone. I will continue fighting for these priorities in the other Washington. We also need real tax reform, not the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. H.R. 1 was a massive giveaway to the wealthy and well-connected. The law was written in haste behind closed doors, and every day we are seeing new issues with it. True tax reform cannot be done in a piecemeal fashion, and it cannot be done without considering how every element taken together impacts American families. I believe we should look at the law anew, and draw from the experience of 1986, when there were dozens of hearings, years of review and study, and bipartisan, transparent discussions about a holistic rewrite of the tax code. Armed with in-depth, fact-based analysis and input from our constituents, we should enact true reforms and rates that are in the best interests of the middle class – not corporate lobbyists. In order to strengthen the middle class and help struggling families, we must do more to create jobs and grow the economy. Whether it's helping our small businesses and local industries that can support good paying jobs for years to come, including aerospace, manufacturing, high-tech, sustainable agriculture, clean energy and health care, we must reward businesses that are creating family wage jobs and invest in the training and skills of our workers to prepare them for these jobs. To help families struggling to make ends meet, I fought and secured $200 million in job training funds to help low-income individuals receiving nutrition assistance get the skills and training they need to get a job. I’ll fight every day for policies that help Washingtonians get ahead: better schools, ensuring equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, job creating investments in infrastructure, and I’ll support our seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. The U.S. economy is on the right track with GDP over 4% and the stock market hitting new record highs. The economic policies put in place over the last two years has encouraged employers to expand payrolls and consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. We have made great strides in our economy and now it's time to plan for our future and keep our economy stable. Balancing the nation's budget should be the number one goal of Congress. Congress needs to stop the frivolous and unnecessary spending and pandering to lobbyists and get back down to basics, so our children and grandchildren aren't burden with additional debt, which now stands at $21 Trillion and counting. It's time for Congress to stabilize the gains we have made to sustain the growth and protect our elderly and most vulnerable by fixing our Social Security and Medicare programs before they run out of money. I will look for opportunities to cut domestic, foreign policy, and military spending. Furthermore, I will exhibit discretion in deciding whether to reduce taxes without any serious intent to cut spending. Our government must collect sufficient revenue to pay for the federal government and not overspend. To strengthen and expand the middle class, and bring good-paying jobs to Skagit County, I am working to build an economy that creates jobs by investing in infrastructure. In Washington state, transportation means good-paying jobs. I want to continue putting people to work building, repairing and maintaining our roads, bridges, and highways; and investing in our smaller ports like the Port of Skagit. To compete with a global marketplace, I am working to increase access to education and encouraging our students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Washington state has more STEM related jobs than any other state in the country, but we are failing to train and place our own students and workers into these good-paying jobs. To meet this demand, I am focused on investing in our community and technical colleges, and bolstering our commitment to apprenticeships. Protecting our middle class also means helping our communities address the pain of opioid addiction. Addiction is not a moral failing; it is a disease that deserves treatment and recovery for its victims. I am working to provide law enforcement with more training and the supplies they need to reverse overdoses. I am also pushing to make sure our communities can put federal resources into action for effective treatment and oversight through drug courts to aggressively fight this epidemic and reunite families. And strengthening the middle class means ensuring our veterans have access to the care they need. I am committed to making healthcare easier to access, and easing the transition from military service to civilian employment or educational opportunities. Issues are fundamental to our campaign. But as your Senator, my opinions are not enough. I will move words into actions, opinions into policies. Like you, I am weary of hearing politicians say “we must…” and “we should…”. My promise to you is WE WILL get it done. In this election, I’m fighting for you. Fighting against a state income tax, and against reckless spending of your taxes. Fighting for children’s health, for public schools, for fair elections in King County. In the Senate, I’ve authored legislation to help bring prosperity to our small businesses, state and nation. And I’ve fought to ensure that prosperity lifts us all up, not just a few. I will keep fighting for these priorities, and for Washington if elected.
Why should voters choose you? I believe that if you are willing to put in the time to research and understand an issue, and listen to colleagues on the other side of the aisle, people seek your feedback as they look for solutions to problems. I bring a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in the private sector. My depth of experience and focus on achieving concrete results allows me to break through congressional gridlock and get things done. I take on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the First District. When the I-5 Bridge collapsed in May 2013, I fought to secure emergency funding to immediately rebuild the bridge and help ensure that the Skagit Valley stayed open for business. And in the aftermath of the mudslide in Oso, I worked to ensure the federal government did everything possible to help victims, their families and all those affected by one of Washington’s worst natural disasters. I was also able to pass legislation to save the Green Mountain Lookout – something important to the economic recovery of the area devastated by the slide. I've been named a Champion of Main Street Businesses by the Washington Retail Foundation and Tech Legislator of the Year by the Information Technology Industry Council. I've received the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for my work to expand access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable communities. I was also awarded the President’s Award from the NAACP for my work on behalf of veterans and their families. Currently, I serve on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. I am at the forefront of debate on taxes, health care and retirement security. I fought against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and their tax plan that helps millionaires and special interests more than middle-class families and future generations who will be burdened with the debt. I will oppose all attempts to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, all of which help millions of families. I have a proven track record of getting results and will continue working to find solutions for the people of Washington state. When the city of Sultan was having some issues I stepped up and was elected to the city council. I have made a difference because I chose not to complain but do something. Our city has made great progress and now I want to take that type of leadership back to DC and get things done. First, I believe that we must look at what country we are leaving to the next generation of Americans. Should it be one riddled with debt or one that leans towards a sound fiscal footing? Second, I am a rational thinker that believes that you can compromise with others without giving up on your principles. Third, I believe that government cannot always solve our problems, sometimes that needs to be left to us. Fourth, I will look out for our soldiers and not foolishly send them into harm’s way. Born and raised in Arlington, my family has called Northwest Washington home for over 100 years. Growing up as one of eight kids I learned the values of listening, hard work and taking care of your neighbors. I take those values to work with me every day. I have listened to the working families, students, small business owners, seniors and veterans across the 2nd District and understand their hopes and fears for the future. This term alone I have visited 24 classrooms, held 17 town halls and eight forums for seniors, veterans and transportation leaders. I work hard on your behalf and have a proven track record of standing up, and delivering, for Skagit County. I successfully passed comprehensive and bipartisan legislation that provides long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. In Washington state, general aviation contributes $3.6 billion to our economy and support more than 30,000 jobs. This bill improves aviation safety, addresses workforce needs by preparing students for aviation technical jobs and advances vital research in the field. I have been a tireless advocate for bolstering the Impact Aid program to help our school districts that serve military and Native American families to make up for lost property tax revenue. I protected funding for specialty crops to help our farmers. And I helped secure a $1.375 million grant for Skagit Transit to help with new buses and bus facilities. If re-elected, I will continue my work to expand opportunities for the middle class, and make sure the next generation of workers in Skagit County have the tools needed to succeed in the workforce. Unlike my opponent, I would have voted for working-family tax cuts, for our military, for the first woman to head the CIA. I will champion Washington’s farms that feed the world. I can bring home vital infrastructure dollars, which she cannot. I’ll be your voice. I’ll fight for you. Let’s win this together! In the Senate I have worked to put partisanship aside and work members with both parties to find real solutions to help make Washington more affordable, and to make our workers and businesses more competitive. I worked with Republicans to pass the first increase in affordable housing in a decade and helped put the Export-Import Bank back in operation, enabling US companies to sell airliners overseas. I also worked with both parties to get a $2 billion-dollar increase in funding for wildfire prevention. I worked in a bipartisan way to create the first federal tax incentive for training and apprenticeship programs, so young people can get skills that lead to a job.
What sets you apart from your opponent? Today, too many families are suffering from the same financial instability my family felt. That's why I’m fighting to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. We need to expand economic opportunities by raising the minimum wage, ensuring workers have paid sick and family leave, and closing the wage gap once and for all. I have a proven track record of getting beyond the partisan bickering and successfully working on issues important to First District voters – things like addressing the opioid crisis, protecting health care, boosting medical research funding, creating an innovative pilot program to help those on nutrition assistance become self-sufficient while receiving help, and supporting vital job training and apprenticeship programs. I am committed to passing a farm bill that helps our farming communities, while addressing the trade issues our farmers face due to the ongoing impact of tariffs. I know what it will take to ensure we expand our community’s middle class while creating the opportunities of the 21st century. That means creating educational opportunities for children and giving adults the training they need to find good-paying jobs, having a financial system that is fair and strong, investing in a system that fosters research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and fighting for high quality, affordable health coverage for all. By doing these things, we can build an economy that works for everyone. I'm a middle class small business owner. I'm not a multi-millionaire. When Congress makes decisions, I feel the effects just like the rest of the middle class. I haven't succumbed to the party line. I plan to limit my terms to three elections so as not to become part of the swamp. First, my educational background includes the study of the Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation issues, which is important with America’s current foreign policy challenges. Second, I am concerned about the long-term consequences of the national debt. Third, I am concerned that the United States has become the World’s Policeman. Fourth, I come with a good foundation in the US Constitution. I believe that I am the best candidate to represent Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. I have a proven record of delivering results for the district. I have a long and proud history of calling the 2nd District home. And I have a plan for our future. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I am proud to have endorsements from End Citizens United, Sierra Club, the Washington State Labor Council, the National Organization for Women, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Victory Fund, the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, the National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trade District Council #5, LiUNA Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, the Snohomish County Democrats, the Skagit County Democrats, the Island County Democrats, the Whatcom County Democrats, the San Juan County Democrats, and over 50 local elected officials across the 2nd District. Maria Cantwell is a D.C. insider, detached from the interests of the people of our state. The current culture in D.C. is corrupted by lobbyists and special interests. Cantwell has been a politician for 25 years. She is no longer a servant to the public, but to the influences of the D.C. swamp. It’s time to exert term limits on Cantwell. But don’t take my word for it, take hers, when 18 years ago she went after the incumbent for this Senate seat saying: “It’s time for a change. The issue is longevity in office.” I agree that Cantwell should not have a 4th term. I’m running a positive campaign based on ideas and solutions.

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