Washington: Gregoire Endorses Suzan DelBene in 1st District

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted April 17, 2012 at 12:03am

Gov. Christine Gregoire endorsed former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene (D) in the wide open 1st district race to succeed former Rep. Jay Inslee (D), who resigned to run for governor.

“I don’t often get involved in Democratic primaries, but with so much on the line for our state and our nation, I am making an exception,” Gregoire said, before asking for financial contributions. “Suzan is our best shot at keeping this seat under Democratic control in November, but she cannot get there without our help.”

This is the most competitive district in the state after the bipartisan redistricting committee redrew the lines in December. John Koster (R) is expected to emerge from the August top-two primary and face one of several Democrats vying for the seat, including DelBene, Darcy Burner and Steve Hobbs.