Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012

Larsen: South Snohomish County will be important part of 2nd District

By Evan Smith, Herald writer
Congressman Rick Larsen says that the South Snohomish County cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier will be an important part of the new 2nd Congressional District.
Larsen said Wednesday that he has already shown his interest in the new parts of the district by joining aides in doorbelling 345 homes in the new South County parts of his district, by holding an early campaign coffee event in the area, by meeting with the mayors of Brier and Mountlake Terrace and meeting Thursday afternoon with Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough as they tour the Lynnwood Recreation center.
He noted that he long has been working on issues important to South Snohomish County, such as transportation improvements.
The 2nd District, which Larsen has represented for six two-year terms, has included all of the area from Everett to the Canadian border but, with redistricting, will no longer include the rural areas of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties but will add the South Snohomish County cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier plus part of Mukilteo.
Edmonds, Woodway, Shoreline and nearby unincorporated areas will join the 7th Congressional District, which Congressman Jim McDermott has represented since 1988.
Even though the 2nd District has lost some of its conservative, rural areas, Larsen said that he doesn't consider it a safe district.
Larsen has no announced opponent for the August primary and November general election.
Candidates file for ballot positions May 14-18.
Larsen said that democratic House members have a chance to gain the 25 seats around the nation to retake control of the House.
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