Former state Rep. Laura Ruderman declares for 1st District Congress (that is, if incumbent Jay Inslee runs for governor)
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 Read more »