Citing the “brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money” needed to campaign, , who represents Woodinville, announced Thursday he was dropping out of the race for Washington’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Today I face a fork in the road,” the Democrat said in a press release posted on his Facebook campaign page. “Having campaigned hard in this huge, new "swing" congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature, to build on a strong record and to keep making a real difference here at home.”
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.
Goodman said he would instead seek reelection to his 45th Legislative District seat in the state House “to continue serving my constituents and many more in our area and to have an even greater positive impact on public policy.”
Several Democrats remain in the race for the seat recently vacated by Democrat Jay Inslee, who is running for governor. They include former state legislator of Kirkland; former Microsoft vice president , who recently resigned as state revenue director to run for the seat; Redmond resident Darcy Burner, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Rep Dave Reichert in 2006 and 2008; and Bothell business owner .
They’ll like face Snohomish County Council Member John Koster, a Republican who has run twice against Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larson in the 2nd Congressional District.
“The new large swing district — in which we were dividing the money and a self-funded candidate had just entered the race — made it much more an uphill climb,” Goodman told Seattlepi.com, referring to DelBene.