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Jerry Cornfield | jcornfield@heraldnet.com
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 2:02 p.m.

Goodman ends bid for Congress

State Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, said today he is ending his campaign for the 1st Congressional District seat and will seek re-election to the Legislature instead.

Goodman's exit leaves five Democrats among the seven candidates vying for a two-year term in Congress as the successor to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee. The winner will represent a district that stretches from Kirkland to the Canadian border and includes parts of rural Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Goodman's decision isn't too surprising. He's not kept pace with most of the other Democrats in the number of dollars raised and endorsements garnered. He closed out 2011 with roughly $54,000 in his campaign account and didn't pad it much in the first three months of this year.

"Today I face a fork in the road,” he said in a statement. “Having campaigned hard in this huge, new "swing" congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature, to build on a strong record and to keep making a real difference here at home.”

In an interview, Goodman said the prospect of a self-funded Democratic candidate – he didn't say Suzan DelBene but I'm sure that's who he meant – heaped pressure on the other hopefuls to raise money and it was going to get more difficult as time passed..

His exit leaves ex-Microsoft executives DelBene of Medina and Darcy Burner of Carnation, state Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens, former state representative Laura Ruderman of Kirkland and high-tech entrepreneur Darshan Rauniyar of Bothell in the Democratic field.

Also in the race are Snohomish County Councilman John Koster, a Republican, and Larry Ishmael, who is running as an independent.

Goodman said he has “not ruled out” endorsing one of the other Democrats. He said he's already heard from one of them.

He'll be seeking a fourth term in the 45th Legislative District.

Here is the press release issued today by Goodman:

Kirkland, WA – Representative Roger Goodman announced he is seeking reelection to the Washington State Legislature from the 45th District in the House of Representatives. Rep. Goodman is withdrawing from the current race for the open seat in the U.S. Congress from the First Congressional District. Rep. Goodman issued the following statement:

“I've been running for Congress for a chance to continue serving my constituents and many more in our area and to have an even greater positive impact on public policy. I sought to apply my solid legislative experience and accomplishments to be part of the solution in Congress, to address urgent national and global issues that affect our quality of life, including environmental sustainability and justice in our society.

"Today I face a fork in the road. Having campaigned hard in this huge, new "swing" congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature, to build on a strong record and to keep making a real difference here at home.

There is much unfinished business in our state and, as part of the leadership in the State House, I look forward to expanding my legislative work to build community, to promote economic development, to improve the safety of our neighborhoods and roadways and to help build a better foundation for our kids' success in school."

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