Suzan DelBene Put on 'Endangered List'—Will You Support Her in 2014?

The new congresswoman spoke with Crosscut about how she's trying to balance different political interests in Washington's divided 1st District.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene may have handily won a Congressional seat in Washington's new 1st District last November, but it's no guarantee she'll fare as well in the 2014 mid-term election.

The congresswoman has been placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's list of 26 lawmakers who are in danger of not winning re-election next year—and will thus receive additional fundraising dollars and campaign support from their party for next year's election. Like DelBene, 19 of the 26 are freshman legislators, and most come from swing districts.

As things stand now, would you support DelBene in 2014? Tell us in the comments section.

DelBene, who lives in Medina, spoke with Crosscut recently about how she is working to serve varying constituent concerns in Washington's diverse 1st District—which stretches from Canada to Redmond and includes everything from Skagit County dairy farms to the Eastside's tech-focused communities.

Crosscut reports DelBene is taking a cautious approach to many hot-button issues, including gun control and coal exporting:

DelBene’s answer (to gun control) is “background checks”; it’s her mantra and she is sticking with it. The checks should be universal, including gun shows, and they are an answer to most questions she fields on the topic. Background checks are the first item on President Barack Obama’s list as well. Rural parts of the First are gun country and DelBene supports the Second Amendment; the southern half is liberal and background checks are at least an opener. They will have to do for now.

Even more cautious is the congresswoman on the debate over exporting coal from Washington ports. The largest and most-pressing is at Cherry Point, in DelBene’s portion of Whatcom County. Impacts of the export terminal would affect the entire state, she observes, and a “comprehensive” environmental review is needed.

Click here to read the entire Crosscut story.

Jason F. April 04, 2013 at 08:56 AM
Art Valla April 04, 2013 at 06:17 PM
What do we want from our congresswoman? Sure, it is great when they support the same things we support. But what if they don't? We have multiple choices. We can sit and whine about it. We can sit and whine about it with our friends. We can pledge to work for the "other guy" next election. Or we can contact our congresswoman directly and try and persuade her to see our point of view. Sometimes that won't work. Most republicans and a lot of democrats are locked into a mode where partisan politics rules all. They vote the way they are told. I don't get that feeling from DelBene. She is out there, talking to people, exchanging ideas. She is approachable. She is seeking her constituent's opinions. She may not vote the way I would wish on every issue. Or maybe even most issues. But at least she is open to discussion. Have the republicans opened their doors yet? Last time I saw Lori Sotello, King County republican chair, she was locking the doors. All "new" republicans were locked out of the building. She didn't want to hear anything that contradicted her beliefs. It was a really sad day for democracy. And the result was the disaster named Koster. Let's hope that the republicans adopt a "big tent" approach next time. But I won't hold my breath as long as Lori is running the show.
k April 14, 2013 at 05:37 PM
DelBene is a gun control advocate and will be unelected. She is a 1% millionaire. She is basically a bored rich person who doesn't care about the average person. Instead of spending $2.6 million of her own millions to get a job that pays 174K she could have used that to directly help those she pretends to care about. Enjoy the remainder of your term.
Art Valla April 15, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Hi K, Who are the republicans going to run against her? Koster is an uber right wing conservative. He got blown out last time and not even the state GOP would consider supporting him. November 2014 is a scant 19 months away. I would really love to see a decent match-up. As we have all seen, without competition or challenge, our representatives tend to go a little wacko. That holds for both Dems and Repubs. However, the King County repubs are in such a disarray and are so dysfunctional, I don't see them producing a candidate of merit.
wayne weinschenk May 02, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Pragmatism or courage...I vote for courage.Shouldn't be afraid to speak your mind.If you are cautious now..when can we expect the courage of your convictions?Suddenly you are going to change?When your position is more secure?I have reservations that position will ever be secure.


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