By Evan Smith
Democratic 1st Legislative District candidate Shelley Kloba says she expects to get support from fellow Democrats in the Nov. 8 general election.
Kloba defeated three other Democrats in the Aug. 2 primary and will face Republican Jim Langston in November. The position was vacated by Democratic State Rep. Luis Moscoso who left it to run, unsuccessfully, in the primary for the 1st District State Senate position that Democrat Rosemary McAuliffe is vacating after six four-year terms.
Langston led candidates in the primary with 40 percent of the primary votes to Kloba’s 31 percent, with Democrat Darshan Rauniyar winning 13 percent, Democrat Kyoko Matsumoto Wright getting 10 percent and Democrat Aaron Moreau-Cook taking 6 percent.
Kloba said Wednesday that she has an endorsement from Moreau-Cook, that she has been working closely with Wright, and that she will reach out to Rauniyar to seek his endorsement.
“I would say that I have very strong support among the Dems in the district,” she said. “I think that despite our differences in experience levels, we share the same Democratic values, so I think it is likely that folks who supported them can be counted on to vote for me. I will continue to conduct a robust voter outreach plan in order to reach as many folks as possible over the coming months.”
Kloba, a Kirkland city councilwoman, and Republican Langston advanced to the general election as the two leading candidates in the primary.
Moscoso has held the position in the state House of Representatives for three two-year terms.
The 1st Legislative District includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, north Kirkland, unincorporated areas of King County between Bothell and Kirkland, and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell including the Maltby area.
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