Two surprise candidates for Congress

  • Tue May 15th, 2012 6:19pm

By Evan Smith, Herald writer

Two surprise candidates for Congress showed up as candidate filing started Monday.

One is in the 7th Congressional District, which now includes Edmonds and Woodway.

The other is in the 2nd District, which now includes Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier.

The candidate in the 2nd District is Mike Lapointe, of Everett, who lists his party preference as “99% Party.”

Lapointe said Monday that he has been part of the “Occupy Everett’ movement and that other members of that group had encouraged him to run. He said that he recently lost his job with a nonprofit organization.

He is a former union organizer in another part of the country.

The candidate in the 7th District is Scott Sutherland of Seattle, who lists his party preference as “G.O.P. Party.”

Sutherland said Tuesday that he chose the G.O.P. designation because he likes the name “Grand Old Party.”

He is a promoter of energy-efficient vehicles who works in the grocery business and has no prior political experience.

LaPointe will be on the 2nd District primary ballot with six-term incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen and Republican Dan Matthews, a Boeing test pilot.

The 2nd District includes the coastal areas of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties from Mukilteo to Bellingham, and all of Island and San Juan counties in addition to Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier.

Sutherland will be on the 7th District primary ballot with 12-term incumbent Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott and Democratic challengers Andrew Hughes and Don Rivers.

The 7th District includes most of Seattle and some of its southwest suburbs in addition to Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas.

In each district, the top two vote getters in the Aug. 7 primary advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.