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Legislator Roger Goodman to Run for Inslee's Seat in Congress

The Democrat had earlier announced he'd run against Rep. Dave Reichert, but he switched to the 1st District seat since Inslee is now running for governor.

State Rep. Roger Goodman announced Monday that he would run for Washington’s 1st District seat in Congress now that Jay Inslee has decided to leave that position to run for governor.

In January, the Kirkland Democrat announced he was running for the 8th District seat of U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA). But on Monday, he posted an announcement on his Facebook site saying that he would run for the 1st District seat.

“Today I filed my statement of candidacy for election to the United States Congress, running from the First Congressional District, where my family has always made our home,” the announcement said. “My campaign for Congress attracted enough support to trigger the federal filing requirement back in late January of this year. I chose to file my statement of candidacy in the Eighth Congressional District at that time, even though I reside in the adjacent First District.  I did not file in the First District at that time out of respect for my Democratic friend and colleague, Congressman Jay Inslee, who had been considering a run for Governor but had not yet decided.

“Today Congressman Inslee has announced that he is running for Governor in 2012.  Accordingly, I have amended my federal paperwork to reflect that I am now running for what will be an open seat in the First Congressional District, my home district.”

Inslee, a Democrat from Poulsbo, is making , but last week also posted a message on his Facebook site that he would run for governor.

Goodman is not the first to announce a run for the 1st District seat. Earlier this month, former Democratic state legislator Laura Ruderman of Kirkland announced if Inslee decided to run for governor.

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