DelBene, Celis advance to general election for Congressional District 1 U.S. representative spot

Suzan DelBene and Pedro Celis - Courtesy photos
Suzan DelBene and Pedro Celis
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The primary election votes have been certified and here are the final results that affect the Redmond area:

Incumbent Suzan DelBene (D) took the top spot for Congressional District 1, U.S. representative with 50.67 percent of the votes, followed by Pedro Celis (R) with 16.45 percent and Robert J. Sutherland (R) with 15.61 percent.

DelBene and Celis will advance to the Nov. 4 general election.

“In the primary election, a majority of the voters of the 1st District said that my record of moving past the dysfunction in Congress and working in a bipartisan way to deliver results is what they want in a representative,” DelBene said. “I’m humbled to receive their support and will work hard to continue earning it.”

Looking to November, she said, “I’m looking forward to the upcoming general election and hope to have a substantive debate about the issues that matter most to the voters of the 1st District – such as ways to expand economic opportunity, create jobs and build the foundation for long-term economic growth.”

On Aug. 9, Celis released a statement on his website expressing his excitement about being in the top two positions in the primary election.

“We need a representative who works for the entire district and not just a rubber stamp for partisan policies that do not help real Washingtonians,” he said in the statement. “In the 10 weeks left until ballots drop, I’m going to spend every waking hour addressing the issues the voters really care about, including strengthening our economy, eliminating wasteful spending, serving our nation’s veterans, creating a workable immigration system and addressing the flaws in our health care system.”

For Northeast Electoral District Court (Redmond), Judge Position No. 3, Lisa O’Toole is at the top with 60.45 percent, followed by Marcus Naylor with 20.19 percent and Rick Leo with 19.35 percent.

O’Toole and Naylor will advance to the general election.

“I am thrilled about receiving more than 60 percent of the votes in the primary election,” O’Toole said. “I am very honored and humbled at that success, and pleased that I have earned a spot on the November ballot for the general election.”

Leading up to the primary election, O’Toole visited many communities in the judicial district and met voters who were “genuinely interested in maintaining the quality of our judicial system.”

“I hope to continue to meet so many active and engaged voters,” she said. “There is a lot more campaign work to do as we move toward the general election in November. We hope to continue to get our positive message out to voters and earn their votes in November.”

Naylor said running for a public office is “exciting, challenging, rewarding and sometimes difficult.” As a first-time candidate, he said he has learned much about the political process and the hard work required of a candidate, the need to inform voters about their candidacy and the collective effort needed to organize their campaign.

“I also learned that people care deeply about our democratic process and I am humbled by the fact that total strangers are willing to donate their time and effort to assist in your campaign because they believe you are the best candidate for the position,” Naylor said. “As I prepare for November general election, I will continue to reach out to the public by making myself visible, let them know that I have committed my entire career to public service and that I am the best candidate for the position.”

In the 45th Legislative District and 48th Legislative District races, all the candidates advance to the general election.

In the 45th race for state senator, incumbent Andy Hill (R) led challenger Matt Isenhower (D) 53.79 percent to 46.21 percent.

In the representative Pos. 1 race, incumbent Roger Goodman (D) led Joel Hussey (R) 54 percent to 46 percent.

Over at the representative Pos. 2 race, incumbent Larry Springer (D) led Brendan Woodward (R) 55.91 percent to 44.09 percent.

In the 48th race for state senator, Cyrus Habib (D) led Michelle Darnell (R) 63.61 percent to 36.39 percent. Habib is the current Pos. 2 representative.

Representative Pos. 1 incumbent Ross Hunter (D) led Bill Hirt (R) 69.74 percent to 30.26 percent.

And in the representative Pos. 2 race, Joan McBride (D) led Tim Turner (L) 69.84 percent to 30.16 percent.


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