Democrats seeking Inslee’s seat will debate each other

If you want to learn how the five Democratic candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat differ in style and substance, then you may want to be in Redmond on Wednesday.

The quintet of hopefuls is scheduled to take part in a 90-minute debate in the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center. It is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, Steve Hobbs, Darshan Rauniyar and Laura Ruderman are all confirmed participants in the event organized by Democratic Party committees of the 5th, 45th and 48th legislative districts.

The five Democrats are among seven candidates seeking a two-year term in the district which runs from Kirkland to the Canadian border, passing through eastern areas of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties. The other two hopefuls are John Koster, a Republican, and Larry Ishmael, a former Republican now running as an independent.

The eventual winner will succeed Democrat Jay Inslee who resigned the seat in order to focus on his run for governor.

Thus far there’s not been a forum with all seven candidates attending.

However, on Sunday, all but Ishmael appeared on KING 5’s Up Front with Robert Mak. You can watch the multi-part segment here.

Koster raised a few eyebrows Sunday when he said there is no federal law banning same-sex marriage. He later realized his mistake as noted here.

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