Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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Washington's 1st Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
August 5, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
Suzan DelBene.png

Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely Democratic[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe D[2]

Washington U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Washington held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) and Pedro Celis (R) were the winners of the August 5, 2014, blanket primary. DelBene defeated Celis in the general election. DelBene and Celis are former Microsoft employees.[3] The race was rated a "Safe Democrat" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.[4]
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
May 16, 2014
August 5, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Washington is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system. All candidates may run and all voters may vote for any candidate. The two candidates receiving the most votes, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election.[5][6][7]

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by either July 7, 2014, by mail or online, or July 28, 2014, in person. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 6, 2014.[8]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent was Suzan DelBene (D), who was first elected in 2012.

Washington's 1st Congressional District is located in the northwestern portion of the state and includes Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties and part of King county.[9]


General election candidates

August 5, 2014, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic candidates

Republican Party Republican candidates

Independent Third party candidates

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

Race background

Frontline Program

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program was designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents during the 2014 election cycle.[15]

Young Guns Program

Challenger Pedro Celis (R) was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program. The program was designed to help candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in targeted races.[16]


Evergreen forum

On June 19, 2014, the Evergreen Republican Women's Club Forum hosted a forum featuring Republican candidates: Pedro 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:

  • 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.”[17]
  • 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."[17]
  • 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.”[17]

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."[17] 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.[17]

Key votes

Below are important votes that DelBene cast during the 113th Congress.

National security


Yea3.png DelBene voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[18]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png DelBene voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[18]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png DelBene voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[18]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png DelBene voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[19] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[18]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[20] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[21][22] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[22] DelBene voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[23][24] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[24] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[25] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. DelBene joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[23][24]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[26] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[27] DelBene voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[28]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[29] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. DelBene voted for HR 2775.[30]

In a statement released October 1, 2013, DelBene said, “For as long as this unnecessary shutdown occurs, hundreds of thousands of public servants will be working without pay. When sequestration began earlier this year, I returned 8.2% of my salary back to the Treasury, and for the duration of this shutdown, I will return the remainder of my personal salary as well."[31]

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png DelBene voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[32] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[33]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png DelBene voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[34] The vote largely followed party lines.[35]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png DelBene has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[36]


Suzan DelBene

DelBene was endorsed by the following people and organizations:


Pedro Celis

"Pedro Celis for Congress."
  • In a YouTube video announcing his candidacy, Pedro 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 the dream 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." Celis also released a version of his video in Spanish.


General Election
Poll Suzan DelBene Pedro CelisNeitherDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Moore Information
October 10, 2014
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Campaign contributions

Suzan DelBene

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DelBene's reports.[40]

Pedro Celis

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.[46]

Ed Moats

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moats' reports.[48]

Ed Moats (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[49]April 15, 2014$0.00$868.37$(0.00)$868.37
Running totals

District history

Candidate ballot access
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On November 6, 2012, Suzan DelBene (D) won election to the United States House. She defeated John Koster in the general election.

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzan DelBene 53.9% 177,025
     Republican John Koster 46.1% 151,187
Total Votes 328,212
Source: Washington Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 2, 2010, Jay Inslee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James Watkins (R) in the general election.[50]

U.S. House, Washington District 1 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJay Inslee incumbent 57.7% 172,642
     Republican James Watkins 42.3% 126,737
Total Votes 299,379

See also

External links


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