John Koster

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John Koster
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Washington, District 1
Prior offices
Snohomish County Councilman
Campaign website
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John Koster was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Washington. He lost to Suzan DelBene (D) in the November general election.[1]

Koster is a Snohomish County council member.[2]


Campaign themes


According to his website, Koster's campaign platform includes the following themes[3]:

  • National security
  • Second amendment
  • Free market



See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Koster ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Washington's 1st District.[4] He and Suzan DelBene advanced past the blanket primary and faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5] DelBene won.

With incumbent Jay Inslee (D) retiring and redistricting changing the district's boundaries, the 1st had the potential to go from blue to red.[2]

A large field of Democrats competed for the party nod, but Koster was unopposed on the Republican ticket. Early polling put Koster well ahead of Democratic frontrunner Darcy Burner.[2]

As of late July, polling had Republican Koster leading his challengers: 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.[6]

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.[7]

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"

One month short term special election

See also: Washington's 1st Congressional District special election, 2012

Koster 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.[8]

Koster joined full-term challengers Suzan DelBene (D), Laura Ruderman (D), Darcy Burner (D), and Darshan Rauniyar (D), 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).[9] As in the full-term election, the top two vote-getters in the August 7 primary went on the general election ballot.[10]

DelBene defeated Koster in the special election, as well as in the election for the full next term.[11]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Koster's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Koster lost an election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Koster's campaign committee raised a total of $1,194,380 and spent $1,181,900.[12]

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