The three-term House member sent a letter to supporters this morning saying she will run for Congress if there is an opening from the 1st District.
Laura Ruderman made it clear she would not run if incumbent U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee seeks an 8th term from the north-of-Seattle district. But because most folks think Inslee will run for governor instead, Ruderman likely will be the first declared candidate to replace him.
(OK, not the first. Here’s Publicola’s post about that.)
Ruderman represented the state’s 45th District from 1999 to 2005. She didn’t seek re-election in 2004, instead filing to run for secretary of state. She lost that year to Republican Sam Reed. She also was an unsuccessful candidate for state Democratic party chairman in 2006.
“Starting today, I am taking on a new challenge: I am running for a seat in the United States Congress from Washington State in 2012,” Ruderman wrote.
” I am running to serve as a common-sense, effective voice for suburban families like yours and mine, and to help fix the outrageous mess in Washington, DC. I would be proud to be the next Democratic Representative from Washington State in Congress.”
Here is Ruderman’s letter
If you are receiving this email, then you are probably someone I have known for years. Perhaps we met when I was at Microsoft, or we fought together for change during the six years I served as a Washington State Representative. Or we may have met after I left elected office, and became a wife and stepmother, school and community activist, and businesswoman.
Whenever and wherever we met, please know that I am deeply grateful to you for the support and friendship you have given me.
Starting today, I am taking on a new challenge: I am running for a seat in the United States Congress from Washington State in 2012. I am running to serve as a common-sense, effective voice for suburban families like yours and mine, and to help fix the outrageous mess in Washington, DC. I would be proud to be the next Democratic Representative from Washington State in Congress.
I would be honored by your support once again in meeting this challenge.
Because you know me, you know that I take pride in working harder and better than my competition. You may remember that after knocking on more than 12,000 doors when I first ran for State Representative, I beat an entrenched incumbent. And when I ran for re-election, I worked even harder – knocking on more than 20,000 doors.
You know that I retained a tough swing seat for three terms not just by campaigning hard. My constituents knew that I was committed to serving them — I got things done that transcended petty politics and partisan divides. I won the support of both moderates and progressives because I put ideas and service first, ahead of partisan politics.
Because you know me, then you know that my record on protecting a woman’s right to choose, on education, on the environment, and on protecting public safety is not about politics to me: fighting for justice and change is who I am and what I care about.
But as a wife, stepmother, and businesswoman, I’m also facing the problems of day-to-day modern life that I am sure you face as well. Like you, I’m balancing a household budget, trying to raise my children with strong moral values, helping family members facing health challenges navigate our crumbling health care system, and fighting to improve education for my kids and for our community.
Like you, I worry about our economic future, and I feel the frustration of knowing that Congress is focused elsewhere – on political infighting, on undermining public services for the middle class, and on abandoning our historic commitments to the elderly and our children.
I’m fed up, and so are you. I’m running for Congress to get things done. I have the experience, the energy, and the commitment to make a difference for families like yours. I will be a voice – a loud and strong voice — in Congress for my family, for your family, and for all Washington families.
While I will not run against Representative Jay Inslee should he decide to seek reelection, I am ready and prepared to run if he seeks another office.
I know that with your help I will outwork any other candidate for this office. I hope you will join me on this journey. You can learn more at lauraruderman.com or call my cell phone at 425-445-0970.