Congressman Rick Larsen has started to introduce himself to the people in South Snohomish County whom he hopes to represent after the 2012 election, a spokeswoman for Larsen says.
Redistricting has put Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier into the 2nd Congressional District, which Larsen has represented for nearly 12 years.
The district has included all the area from Everett north to the Canadian border, but, with redistricting, will include western Snohomish County except for Edmonds, plus the western parts of Skagit and Whatcom counties, and all of Island and San Juan counties, while the 1st Congressional District will include the inland parts of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, and the King County communities of Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall and Carnation.
Larsen’s Everett-based political director said Monday that the law allows Larsen to conduct political activities in the new parts of the district such as the doorbelling his aides will do this weekend, but it won’t allow him to act as the area’s representative, such as holding town hall meetings.
Political director Brooke Davis emphasized that 1st District Congressman Jay Inslee is still South Snohomish County’s representative.
In the new district, Larsen will need to campaign over a spread-out area for the August primary and November general election, but Davis said that he is accustomed to campaigning over a big district.
Larsen so far has no announced opponents.
John Koster, the Republican Snohomish County councilman who ran against Larsen in both 2000 and 2010, is now in the 1st District.*
Despite having what observers have called a safe Democratic district, Larsen takes nothing for granted, Davis said.
Edmonds and Woodway will become part of a traditionally Democratic district, when they become part of the 7th Congressional District, which Democrat Jim McDermott has represented since 1988.
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*Correction, Feb. 10, 2012: This article originally said John Koster was in the 2nd District.