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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

Incumbent prior to election
Suzan DelBene Democratic Party
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Washington U.S. House Elections
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 1st Congressional District of Washington will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Suzan DelBene (D) has been identified as a vulnerable incumbent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.[1] Of the six candidates challenging DelBene, Pedro Celis (R), a former Microsoft employee, has emerged as the front-runner. Celis is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program designed to help candidates challenging vulnerable Democrats in targeted races.[2] In addition to being a “Young Gun”, Celis has a significant lead in fundraising over the other candidates, as well as a compelling personal story. He immigrated to America in the 1980s to study computer science and became a software engineer for Microsoft. He said, “I have experienced the American dream. I have experienced what’s great in this country and I want that to continue.”[3] Celis may have a chance to unseat Delbene. The district is Washington’s most evenly divided between Republican and Democratic voters.[3]
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, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.[4][5][6]

Voter registration: Voters must have registered 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 is October 6, 2014.[7]

See also: Washington elections, 2014

Incumbent: Heading into the election the incumbent is 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.[8]

Candidates

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Frontline Program

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[1]

Young Guns Program

Challenger Pedro Celis (R) is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Young Guns Program. The program is designed to help candidates challenging incumbent Democrats in targeted races.[2]

Evergreen Republican Women's Club 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.”[12]
  • 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."[12]
  • 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.”[12]

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."[12] 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.[12]

Endorsements

Suzan DelBene

DelBene has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Media

Pedro Celis


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

Campaign contributions

Suzan DelBene

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DelBene's reports.[15]

Suzan DelBene (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$6,219.01$249,159.77$(60,704.18)$194,674.60
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$194,674.60$278,022.76$(91,313.28)$381,384.08
October Quarterly[18]October 14, 2013$381,384.08$232,237.94$(81,991.07)$531,630.95
Year-end[19]January 31, 2014$531,630$209,691$(66,581)$674,740
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2014$674,740.95$297,640.15$(78,291.07)$894,090.03
Running totals
$1,266,751.62$(378,880.6)

Pedro Celis

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.[21]

Pedro Celis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[22]April 15, 2014$0.00$202,176.00$(5,759.55)$196,416.45
Running totals
$202,176$(5,759.55)

Ed Moats

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Moats' reports.[23]

Ed Moats (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2014$0.00$868.37$(0.00)$868.37
Running totals
$868.37$(0)


District history

Candidate Ballot Access
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2012

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Jay Inslee won re-election to the United States House. He defeated James Watkins (R) in the general election.[25]

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

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Washington Post, "House Republicans show California love with latest ‘Young Guns,’" June 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Seattle Times, "Fellow Microsoft alum to run against DelBene for Congress," February 26, 2014
  4. National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
  5. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
  6. Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
  7. Washington Secretary of State Office, "Elections & Voting," accessed January 3, 2014
  8. Washington Redistricting Map "Map" accessed July 24, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Washington.gov, "2014 Candidates Who Have Filed," accessed May 19, 2014
  10. Seattle Times, "Fellow Microsoft alum to run against DelBene for Congress," accessed March 1, 2014
  11. Herald Net, "Two Republicans emerge to challenge DelBene," accessed March 1, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Heraldnet.com, "3 Republican hopefuls seeking seat in 1st Congressional District," accessed July 2, 2014
  13. Seattle Times, "Editorial: The Times recommends to return Suzan DelBene, District 1, and Rick Larsen, District 2, to Congress," July 13, 2014
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 DelBene for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed July 16, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "DelBene 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  21. Federal Election Commission, "Celis 2014 Summary reports," accessed June 24, 2014
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed June 24, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Moats 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 7, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 7, 2014
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013