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|U.S. House, Washington, District 1|
According to her website, Ruderman's campaign platform included the following issues:
- Encourage green jobs
- Increase funding for college
- Remove the cap on Social Security
Ruderman ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District. She sought the nomination as a Democrat and faced Suzan DelBene (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), Darcy Burner (D), Steve Hobbs (D), John Koster (R), and Larry Ishmael (I) in the August 7 primary. The top two vote-getters in the primary, regardless of party, will be on the general election ballot. She was defeated in the August 7, 2012, primary.
As of late July, polling had Republican John Koster leading his challengers, who are five Democrats and an independent. The same data showed Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene overtaking Darcy Burner for the second slot, thanks largely to a recent TV ad blitz from DelBene.
At a July event, the candidates had an opportunity to name their highest priority. Burner raised concerns about Super PACs and voiced support of the Affordable Care Act. DelBene said she would focus on job creation. Darshan Rauniyar and Steve Hobbs promised to bring a new face to politics. Ruderman stressed greater health care access. The only Republican in the race, Koster emphasized the need for smaller government.
One month short term special election
Ruderman also ran in a special election to fill retiring representative Jay Inslee's seat for a one-month term before the 2012-2014 term begins. The special election took place on the same primary and general election dates as the full term. Washington was redistricted in 2012; the short-term replacement was elected by the pre-2012 district, and the representative for 2012-2014 was elected by the newly redrawn district.
Ruderman joined full-term challengers Suzan DelBene (D), Darcy Burner (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), and John Koster (R), along with six candidates running just for the one-month term: J. Byron Holcomb (D), Brian Berry (D), Brian Sullivan (D), Ruth Morrison (D), Steven Gerdes (R), and Bob Champion (I). Ruderman was defeated by DelBene in the Democratic primary.
- Seattle Times, "Darcy Burner joins crowded race for Inslee seat," November 2, 2011
- Laura Ruderman campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
- AP Primary Results
- Seattle Times, "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," July 31, 2012
- Seattle Times, "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Progress for Washington Independent Expenditures," accessed July 31, 2012
- Seattle Times, "Special election to replace Inslee for 1 month," April 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Candidate Filings," accessed May 18, 2012