Darcy Burner

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Darcy Burner
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U.S. House, Washington, District 1
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Darcy Burner was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Washington.[1]


Campaign themes


According to her website, Burner's campaign platform includes the following issues[2]:

  • Prosecuting law-breakers who created or sold toxic assets
  • Protecting the right to vote
  • Ethics reforms


In June 2012, Burner spoke at a progressive conference, encouraging the creation of a smartphone app that would help shoppers avoid products made by corporations that support conservative politics.[3]



See also: Washington's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Burner ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Washington's 1st District. She sought the nomination as a Democrat and faced Suzan DelBene (D), Darshan Rauniyar (D), Laura Ruderman (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.[4] She was defeated in the August 7, 2012 primary.[5]

A large field of Democrats are competing for the party nod, while county councilman John Koster is so far unopposed on the Republican ticket. Early polling put Koster well ahead of Burner, the Democratic frontrunner. Burner, a progressive activist, capitalized on anti-wealthy sentiment to pull ahead of former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene.[6] As of late July, however, an ad blitz from DelBene helped push her past Burner in the polls.[7]

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. Laura Ruderman stressed greater health care access. The only Republican in the race, Koster emphasized the need for smaller government.[8]

One month short term special election

See also: Washington's 1st congressional district special election, 2012

Burner is also running 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 will be elected by the pre-2012 district, and the representative for 2012-2014 will be elected by the newly redrawn district.[9]

Burner joins full-term challengers Suzan DelBene (D), Laura Ruderman (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).[10] As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary will go on the general election ballot.[4]

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