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Former Lawmaker and Kirkland Resident Ruderman to Run for Congress

She hopes to keep Jay Inslee's 1st Congressional District seat for Democrats if he decides to run for governor.

Kirkland resident and former state legislator Laura Ruderman, hoping to retain U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee’s seat for Democrats should he run for governor, has announced she will run for Congress.

Ruderman filed with the Federal Election Commission last week for Inslee’s 1st Congressional District seat, which represents Kirkland, Redmond and other areas north, west and east of Seattle.

“I am running for Congress to get things done,” she said Tuesday. “That includes ensuring economic security, (addressing) women’s health issues, and really fighting very hard to make sure that people always have the right to organize and have their collective voices heard.”

Ruderman, 40, launched a bid to unseat Republican 1st District Rep. Rick White in 1998, but bowed out a few weeks later when Inslee joined the race. She said she will not challenge Inslee if he decides not to run for governor. But he is widely expected to do so with this week’s announcement by Gov. Christine Gregoire that she will not run again.

“I’ve not gotten any more foolish with age,” she said. “I think he’s done a great job in Congress.”

However, with redistricting mandated by the 2010 census, she could run for a new 10th congressional seat that is being added, if it were to include her home in Kirkland’s Highlands Neighborhood.

She said she has tried to determine potential Republican opponents, but none has emerged. “Your guess is as good as mine.”

She served three terms in the Legislature before running for secretary of state in 2004, losing to Sam Reed. She has since married and has two stepchildren.

Public education is also a priority, she said, noting that her older child attended the Discovery Community School on Finn Hill, a Lake Washington School District “Choice” school, and her younger child is currently a student there.  

A goal, she said, would be to give all students the opportunity to experience less traditional public school options--although she acknowledged the severe school funding challenges.

“I love living in Kirkland and welcome the people who have recently been annexed,” she said. “I represented the people in Kirkland for three terms in the Legislature, and I hope they will remember how hard I worked to get that job and how open I was to them. I returned every call and every email.”

Raised in New York, she moved to the Seattle area in 1992 for an internship with the Seattle Repertory Theater, and has worked at Microsoft. Recently she has operated a fundraising consultant business, Ruderman Consulting.

Ruderman also announced her bid on her campaign site here.

Dick McManus November 30, 2011 at 01:15 AM
I dare Laura Ruderman to list where she stands on all the issues, as I am doing. Dick McManus for Congress, D-WA, 1st or 2nd CD Democrat, Everett, WA Chief Warrant Officer/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DickMcManusforCongress/ I request your endorsement, and it doesn’t matter where you live. I believe that in order for the citizens to know who they really are, public officials and candidate must speak up on all issues, not just local and state issues. Some national issues go to the very heart of who they are. 1. We need to add a statement to the Democratic Party platform "Human evolution is a fact." Why? It is because it is the duty of honorable citizens to speak truth to witch-doctors who run for office. 2. Population growth is a problem. 3. We need to demand the prosecution of Bush et. al. for high crimes and war crimes. 4. We need to demand a new investigation of the events on 9/11. 5. We need to require the super rich to pay more into social security 6. Publically financed campaigns for public office. 7. I am against the Coal Trains, but Rep. Rick Larsen wants to keep the trains a-rolling along. Where I stand on all the issues - also called a platform http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsViewsnolose/message/885 Background of why I stand on issues: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsViewsnolose/message/886
Dick McManus November 30, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Why we need a new Congressional Hearing about the CIA's plot to kill JFK The following link is of a radio program called Guns and Butter The information that Joan Mellen talks about is exactly what I have been researching and write about in my online book. "How the Failure to Identify, Prosecute and Convict President Kennedy's Assassins Has Let to Today's Crisis of Democracy" with Joan Mellen http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/75409 Here is the link to Joan Mellen's book A Farewell to Justice - Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History http://joanmellen.net/ check out my online book and learn about the crimes of the CIA and US war crimes SOME UNKNOWN HISTORY OF THE U.S. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SomeUnknownUSHistory/messages Dick McManus for Congress, D-WA, 1st or 2nd CD Democrat, Everett, WA Chief Warrant Officer/counterintelligence special agent, US Army, retired. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DickMcManusforCongress/ I request your endorsement, and it doesn't matter where you live.
Bob Martinek April 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Mr. McManus, You demand a lot for a public servant. Demands come from despots.

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