7 candidates vying for new 1st Congressional seat

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Seven candidates have announced campaigns for the new 1st Congressional District that stretches from Redmond to the Canadian Border.

The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/J8HMVO ) reports that redistricting has created a potential for the once liberal district represented by Rep. Jay Inslee to become a swing district.

More than $1.7 million has already poured into campaigns, as candidates jostle toward the top-two Aug. 7 primary.

The Democratic establishment is coalescing behind Suzane DelBene, a former Microsoft vice present. Other Democratic candidates include: Darcy Burner, a progressive activist; former Kirkland state legislator Laura Ruderman; centrist state Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens; Bothell high-tech entrepreneur Darshan Rauniyar; and independent Larry Ishmael.

Snohomish County Council Member John Koster is the only Republican in the race.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com