In normal times, an incumbent member of Congress like Adam Smith, a Bellevue Democrat, would be breezing along right about now. He definitely wouldn’t be looking over his shoulder.
In his 24th year and the dean of our state’s U.S. House delegation, Smith just won reelection by the widest margin of his impressive career, 48 percentage points. He’s never lost an election at any level, and now has risen in the seniority ranks to head the powerful House Armed Services Committee. His 9th District, running from Tacoma to Bellevue, is already one of the safer blue districts in the nation, and probably is about to get more so.
So why does he already have three candidates mounting campaigns against him? All of them from inside the gates of his own Democratic Party.
“Seattle Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Stephanie Gallardo in her challenge to pro-war corporate Democrat Adam Smith,” the local Berniecrat group announced last month, providing a taste of just one of the intraparty uprisings.
The other challengers to Smith are Mia Paz, an attorney from Kent, and Krystal Marx, the director of Seattle Pride and a tenants’ rights activist who currently serves on the Burien City Council.