1st Congressional District

Economic Recovery
3:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

DelBene Calls For Extension Of Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

Representative Suzan DelBene.

Steve Scher checks in with Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about her plans to push for the extension of long-term unemployment benefits once Congress is back in session.

Elections 2012
11:09 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Republican Recriminations Fly In 1st District Congressional Race

Republican 1st District candidate John Koster says the GOP gave his campaign only token support.
Deborah Wang

The 1st District was supposed to be the Republican Party’s best chance of picking up a Congressional seat in the state this year. But after Democrats won the seat decisively, Republicans are pointing fingers over who is to blame.

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Elections 2012
8:03 am
Fri November 9, 2012

John Koster Plans To Concede 1st District Congressional Race

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office.
Deborah Wang

The battle for Jay Inslee’s old seat in Congress now appears to be over.

Republican John Koster sent a letter to supporters Thursday night informing them that he plans to officially concede the race today.

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Elections 2012
12:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

1st Congressional District Debate: Koster Vs DelBene

The stakes in this race are high for both political parties. There are three open Congressional seats in the state this year, and Republicans say the 1st District is their best chance to win one.

Candidates John Koster (R) and Suzan DelBene (D) sit down with KUOW's Ross Reynolds for a debate. The candidates address the economy, women's reproductive issues and each other's campaigns thus far.

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Elections 2012
6:03 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Suzan DelBene Brings Business Experience, Money To Congressional Race

Democratic Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene on primary night.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

On the campaign trail, Suzan DelBene tells the story of how her family struggled when she was a kid. Her father was laid off from his job when she was nine, and the family moved all over the country as her parents looked for work. “They never got back to a situation where they were financially stable,” she explains.

She recounts that despite her family's financial difficulties, she was able to go to college on student loans. “I was in a position to take care of my family,” she says. “I’m not sure I could tell that story today.”

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Election 2012
5:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Republican John Koster Focuses On Economy To Woo Moderates

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office
(KUOW photo/Deborah Wang)

If Republican congressional candidate John Koster has a signature campaign issue, it’s the country’s ballooning national debt.

The website for his 1st Congressional District campaign features a national debt clock ticking away. The total now stands at more than $16 trillion.

“I think one of the greatest things that we could do for our constituents and our future generations is not hamstring them with huge debt and huge deficits that they will have to pay off,” he said.

In his two decades in politics, Koster has been a staunch advocate of limited government.

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