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The list of Democrats running in the 1st is lengthy and expected to get longer. Former Microsoft official Suzan DelBene, who lost to Reichert last year, is believed to be eyeing the district and would be a force thanks to her ability to self-fund. Already running are former two-time Congressional candidate Darcy Burner, state Sen. Steve Hobbs, state Rep. Roger Goodman, former state Rep. Laura Ruderman, activist Darshan Rauniyar and state Rep. Marko Liias, who one source said was drawn into Rep. Jim McDermott’s district.
Former Democratic Congressional candidate Denny Heck announced within minutes that he is running in the new 10th district, which includes most of Olympia’s Thurston County, much of Pierce County and Shelton in Mason County. Heck, the former state House majority leader, lost to Herrera Beutler in the open 3rd district last year.
Reichert, who has been the most vulnerable Republican in the state for several cycles, gets a few points safer with his district losing parts of King County and adding Kittitas and Chelan counties.
In a statement making his re-election bid official, Larsen touted the fact that he currently represents about 90 percent of the constituents in the redrawn 2nd district.
“The newly reconfigured Second Congressional District is a straightforward solution to the reality that the district needed to shrink in population,” he said. “I am excited to continue serving the district and run in the newly configured Second District in 2012.”