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Monday, April 2, 2012

First CD Gets Double the Election Fun!

Posted by on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

As she promised at a press conference last week, Governor Chris Gregoire has officially called for a special election to replace US Representative Jay Inslee for the final few weeks of his term. It's kinda silly, but Gregoire insists that it is important that voters of the old 1st Congressional District have representation, "especially in December when key votes on matters that affect our state may need to be cast." Okay. Whatever.

Shortly after Gregoire sent out her press release, Secretary of State Sam Reed sent out his with the details:

“My office will accept candidate filings during the week of May 14, and our Top 2 Primary will have a postmark deadline of Aug. 7. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 6 General Election, and the winner will certified by no later than Dec. 6. The new representative will serve until Jan. 3, when a new Congress will be sworn in.

“The winner of the full two-year term will be chosen by the voters of the newly redistricted 1stDistrict, but the short term must be filled by the voters of the old 1st District who elected Jay Inslee. Candidates will be allowed to run for both the short term and the long term. There is no requirement that a congressional candidate live within the district boundaries.

What that means is that there will be two 1st CD races on the both the August primary and November general election ballots. Due to redistricting, some 1st CD voters will see both, some one or the other. And from what the new 1st CD candidates have privately indicated, I would expect most of them to run in both.

A bit confusing, sure. But then, democracy is messy.

 

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It makes a certain amount of sense to hedge our bets this way. If the new 1st goes to John Koster, this lame duck 1st Dist Rep would be the last chance to get in a solidly Dem vote. The same applies if, on the major off chance, Romney manages to win and bring in a shallow red tide with him.
Posted by Queerly Yours on April 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Report this
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Sounds like they're burning the bridges behind ol' Sleepy Jay...no chance of him doubling back to his cushy seat in the House.

Do or die time. Sink or swim. Heck, the retirement package is pretty good, Jay...what are you frettin' for?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM · Report this
Sben 3
If the same candidate won the special and regular elections, wouldn't that give them seniority over the other freshman representatives? (Is that as important in the House as it is in the Senate?)
Posted by Sben on April 2, 2012 at 9:11 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 4
Name recognition, de facto incumbency, proven fund-raising chops, an established campaign machine. You know too much about politics to call that silly. Don't be disingenuous, it's unattractive at your age, Goldy.
Posted by thatsnotright on April 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM · Report this
Quintus Slide 5
The governor really is a hack.
Posted by Quintus Slide on April 3, 2012 at 7:53 AM · Report this
lukeiscool 6
I'd be pissed if I had an issue an no representation for months. It was a dick move for Inslee to resign 2 weeks after the special election period was over anyways. Not that this move hasn't been done before, but Gregoire is in the right by allowing for the citizens of her state to be represented.
Posted by lukeiscool on April 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this

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