Pedro Celis

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Pedro Celis
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 1
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 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 was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Washington.[1] He was defeated by incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) in the general election.[2]

Although the final vote total in the August 5, 2014, blanket primary had not been announced, Celis declared victory over Robert Sutherland (R) on August 8. “It appears we have won and we have work to do for the general election, so we are moving forward,” Celis said.[3][4] Celis' declaration of victory was confirmed in early September.

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.[5]

Issues

Evergreen 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.”[6]
  • 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."[6]
  • 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.”[6]

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."[6] 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.[6]

Elections

2014

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

Celis ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District.[1] Although the final vote total in the August 5, 2014, blanket primary had not been announced, Celis declared victory over Robert Sutherland (R) on August 8. “It appears we have won and we have work to do for the general election, so we are moving forward,” Celis said.[3][4] Celis' declaration of victory was confirmed in early September. He was defeated by incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Election results

General election
U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene Incumbent 55% 124,151
     Republican Pedro Celis 45% 101,428
Total Votes 225,579
Source: Washington Secretary of State
Blanket primary
U.S. House, Washington District 1, Blanket Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene Incumbent 50.7% 59,798
Green check mark transparent.pngPedro Celis 16.4% 19,407
Robert Sutherland 15.6% 18,424
John Orlinski 10.1% 11,891
Edwin Moats 4.4% 5,225
Richard Todd 1.7% 2,044
Mike the Mover 1% 1,192
Total Votes 117,981
Source: Results via WA.gov

Media


"Pedro Celis for Congress."
  • In a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, Celis, an immigrant from Mexico, said, "In case you haven’t noticed, I’m the guy with the heavy accent." He then shared his story of success in America working for Microsoft. He blamed the government for interfering with the American Dream and said that it is not "as bright as it once was." He concluded 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."

Polls

General Election
Poll Suzan DelBene Pedro CelisNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Moore Information
October 10, 2014
43%34%4%19%+/-6301
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Celis' reports.[7]

Pedro Celis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]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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