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U.S. Rep. Adam Smith might see the downside of safe Congressional districts, challenge from inside the party

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Jan. 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | No Comments »
January 9, 2012 4:50 pm

The Washington Redistricting Commission gave 9th District Rep. Adam Smith a good news-bad news result – a district so strongly Democratic that he is mostly immune from a Republican challenge but more likely to draw a Democratic challenge.

The Seattle Times’ Jim Brunner reports here that Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell is considering just such a challenge. He quotes Harrell’s niece and campaign manager saying, “There is a fantastic opportunity. He has been approached by a number of people to consider it… It is definitely a serious consideration.”

The new district is a majority-minority district and Harrell is the son of a Japanese-America mother and black father. He is an attorney who played football at the University of Washington.

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