Lisa Utter of Lynnwood is seeking the on month term left vacant when .
When Jay Inslee vacated his congressional seat in the 1st District to run for governor is left the end of his term, which ends Jan. 3, 2013, unfilled. The seat will be filled in the November election, although so far, no candidate has filed.
Lisa Utter, who served on the Lynnwood City Council from 1998 to 2009, is running a grassroots campaign to serve the one month of Inslee’s term. She said she’s mobilizing her local supporters to collect the 1,740 signatures needed to place her name on the ballot, in lieu of paying the state’s filing fee.
“It’s a week before filing and no candidates have stepped forward. We need someone credible to represent the 1stDistrict,” she said. “Especially now, because important budget votes will be taken in December. We must protect funding for basic human services and other vital programs. The budget agreement that was negotiated last year causes me deep concern.”
The 1st Congressional District boundaries were redrawn earlier this year as part of the redistricting process, and it is now much larger, extending from the Kirkland area north to the U.S.-Canada border.