Washington Representative District 8 Candidates for the 8th Congressional District
Washington’s 8th District includes wealthy Seattle exurbs and stretches to Central Washington farmland in Chelan, Kittitas and Wenatchee counties. Schrier is defending her pragmatic service in Congress, which has included passing bills to reduce the price of insulin and improving police training.
Jesse Jensen, a King County council member and military veteran, touts his experience leading a task force rescuing American and Afghan linguists and his budget hawk approach to governance.
Kim Schrier is a pediatrician who serves Washington state working families. Her work as a doctor brings critical leadership to Congress to expand economic opportunity and ensure every child thrives. She is a pro-choice champion who fiercely defends the rights of women to make their own health care choices.
Schrier is the daughter of an elementary school teacher and an aerospace engineer. She is a proud graduate of public schools, from kindergarten through medical school. She has served the needs of the people in her district for nearly two decades, both as a community volunteer and a public servant in government and social service agencies.
This election is held under a new congressional map drawn by redistricting special master Jonathan Cervas. It is rated Safe and Solid for Democrats. More information about this election and its districts is available here. This page also includes a map of the previous congressional boundaries, as well as details about the competitiveness of this race and demographics in the state.
Dunn has been one of the more conservative members of the King County Council since he was appointed in 2005 after Rob McKenna left to become state attorney general. He has often taken positions against initiatives and resolutions that his fellow councilmembers have uniformly supported.
He is challenging two-term Democratic U.S. Representative Kim Schrier in the district, which includes much of eastern and south-eastern King County (including Kent, Renton, Covington, Issaquah, and Snoqualmie), along with portions of Pierce, Chelan, and Kittitas counties. The district is shaped like a doughnut and straddles the Cascades, making it one of the most competitive in the state.
He has been critical of the city of Seattle for its budgetary practices and policies that he says have hurt the economy in the region. He also supports limiting abortion rights to cases of rape, incest, and the desire to save the mother’s life. He has completed Ballotpedia’s 2022 Candidate Connection survey.
Bognet, a skilled political communications professional, has spun his background, which includes work on Wall Street in a leveraged buyout firm, into the story of a small business owner. That story appeals to many voters fed up with big government and corporate greed.
Colorado’s 8th District stretches from the Denver suburbs to Weld County and Greeley. It is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races next year and could determine whether Republicans keep their majority in the House.
The district voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, then went red in 2016 when Republican incumbent Reid Ribble defeated Democrat Steve Kagan by more than a percentage point. After Ribble retired, Gallagher won the seat in 2022 with about 63 percent of the vote. He has a slight lead over Bognet in the polls.
Mike Marsicano was born in Long Island, but he came to the South for college. He graduated from Duke University and now lives in Charlotte with his wife, Leslie Montfort Marsicano, a professor at Davidson College. They have three sons.
He has been director of the Arts & Science Council from 1989 to 1999 and chief executive officer of Foundation for the Carolinas since 1999. He has led the growth of FFTC from $240 million to $2.5 billion and of FFTC-held funds from the 35th largest in America to the sixth largest.
During his tenure, he has worked to address issues of equity and inclusion. He helped lead Charlotte through a series of protests for racial justice, including the weeklong uprisings following the death of Keith Lamont Scott and during the summer of 2020. He has also served on the boards of the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies and Queens University. He was also the president of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the chair of the board of Charlotte Center City Partners.