Candidates line up for Wash. congressional seats
Thursday, December 29, 2011
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Candidates are already lining up to compete in Washington's open congressional seats, even though officials haven't yet settled on the final district boundaries.
Two members of the state's redistricting commission have proposed making a new 10th District from Olympia to Tacoma. The 1st District left open by Rep. Jay Inslee would be a competitive seat stretching from east of Seattle to the northern border.
At least three candidates are already competing in the 10th District. Several others say they are campaigning in the 1st District.
The redistricting commission hasn't voted on the new congressional proposal yet because they are struggling to reach agreement on the accompanying legislative maps. They must finish their work by New Year's Day or the process moves to the state Supreme Court.