|U.S. House, Washington, District 1|
According to his website, Rauniyar's campaign platform included the following issues:
- Constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United decision
- Nationwide high-speed internet
- Higher Pell Grant funding
Rauniyar ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District. He sought the nomination as a Democrat and faced Suzan DelBene (D), Darcy Burner (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Steve Hobbs (D), John Koster (R), and Larry Ishmael (I) in the August 7 primary. He was defeated in the primary.
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. 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.
As of late July, polling had Republican John Koster leading his challengers, who were five Democrats and an independent. The same data showed Democratic candidate Suzan DelBene overtaking Darcy Burner for the second slot, thanks largely to a TV ad blitz from DelBene.
One month short term special election
Rauniyar 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..
Rauniyar joined full-term challengers Suzan DelBene (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Darcy Burner (D), and John Koster (R), along with six candidates who ran 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).
- Seattlest, "Another potential Inslee successor enters the fray," June 27, 2011
- Darshan Rauniyar campaign website, "Issues tab," accessed August 2, 2012
- Washington Secretary of State, "Top 2 Primary: FAQ," accessed May 17, 2012
- AP Primary Results
- Seattle Times, "Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement," July 28, 2012
- Seattle Times, "Voters face crowded ballots for 1st District," 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