Robert Sutherland

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Robert Sutherland
Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 1
Campaign website
Robert Sutherland was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Washington.[1] He was defeated in the blanket primary.[2]



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

Sutherland ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District.[1] He was defeated in the blanket primary.[2]

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

Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum

On June 19, 2014, the Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum hosted a forum featuring Republican candidates: Sutherland, Pedro Celis and Ed Moats. 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:

  • 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.”[3]
  • Pedro 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.”[3]
  • 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."[3]

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."[3] 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.[3]

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