Pedro Celis

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Pedro Celis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 1
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMonterrey Institute of Technology
Master'sUniversity of Waterloo
Ph.D.University of Waterloo
Personal
ProfessionRetired Microsoft Engineer
Websites
Campaign website
Pedro Celis is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Washington.[1]

Although the the final vote total in the August 5, 2014, blanket primary has not been announced, Celis declared victory over Robert Sutherland (R). “It appears we have won and we have work to do for the general election, so we are moving forward,” Celis said.[2] Celis and Sutherland are separated by less that 1,000 votes, as of August 20.[3]

Biography

Celis earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology. In 1980, Celis left Monterrey, Mexico to continue studying computer science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he earned his master's in mathematics and his Ph.D. in computer science. He then worked as an assistant professor of computer science at Indiana University, a software designer at Britton Lee, Inc. and a distinguished engineer at Microsoft.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Celis is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District.[1] Although the the final vote total in the August 5, 2014, blanket primary has not been announced, Celis declared victory over Robert Sutherland (R). “It appears we have won and we have work to do for the general election, so we are moving forward,” Celis said.[2] Celis and Sutherland are separated by less that 1,000 votes, as of August 20.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Washington District 1, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene Incumbent 50.9% 59,451
Pedro Celis 16.5% 19,266
Robert Sutherland 15.7% 18,327
John Orlinski 10.1% 11,816
Edwin Moats 4.5% 5,226
Richard Todd 1.3% 1,497
Mike the Mover 1% 1,186
Total Votes 116,769
Source: Results via WA.gov Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.

Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum

On June 19, 2014, the Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum hosted a forum featuring Republican candidates: Celis, Ed Moats and Robert Sutherland. Each candidate told the audience why they were running for Congress and were asked questions about their stance on marriage and abortion. Here are excerpts from the candidates opening comments:

  • Celis said his campaign is “an extension of what I have done in my career, which is to be a problem-solver, to be a consensus builder, to find difficult problems where you are required to understand how to move things forward.”[5]
  • Ed Moats: “I am a conservative Republican which means pro-property, pro-guns, pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-business, pro-military, pro-national defense, pro-oil, pro-coal, pro-agriculture, pro-energy independence."[5]
  • Robert Sutherland: “We have a rich Microsoft exec ... a lawyer lobbyist. Then you have me, someone who has never run for office before. I am middle class. I am working class. I am one of you.”[5]

During the question and answer session, Sutherland accused Celis of being "pro-choice" and in response he stated that "he's personally pro-life but the law does protect a woman's right to decide."[5] Social conservatives, Sutherland and Moats are strongly anti-abortion and both oppose same-sex marriage. Celis also opposes same-sex marriage but noted that he supports civil unions.[5]

Media


"Pedro Celis for Congress."

In a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, Celis, an immigrant from Mexico, begins by saying, "In case you haven’t noticed, I’m the guy with the heavy accent." He then shares his story of success in America working for Microsoft. He blames the government for interfering with the American Dream and says that it is not "as bright as it once was." He concludes by saying, "I love this country. I want it to be all that it can be. I want it always to be the land of freedom and equal opportunity."

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Celis' reports.[6]

Pedro Celis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[7]April 15, 2014$0.00$202,176.00$(5,759.55)$196,416.45
Running totals
$202,176$(5,759.55)

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