Goodman shifts gears, will run for Congress in home district

  • Written by Don Mann
Roger Goodman
Some major political dominos have tumbled recently, creating a potential wind of change across the local, state and federal legislative landscapes in this upcoming election season. After U.S. Rep. (D-WA) Jay Inslee announced he would run for governor last week, State Rep. (D-WA) Roger Goodman of the 45th Legislative District seized the opportunity to run for Congress in Washington, D.C., thus representing citizens a little closer to home from 3,000 miles away.


In January, Goodman announced plans to run for U.S. Congress in Washington state’s 8th Congressional District.

But with Inslee’s decision Goodman wasted no time to announce he will run for the 1st District seat.

"Today I filed my statement of candidacy for election to the United States Congress, running from the First Congressional District, where my family has always made its home," Goodman declared on his Facebook page last week. "My campaign for Congress attracted enough support to trigger the federal filing requirement back in late January of this year. I chose to file my statement of candidacy in the Eighth Congressional District at that time, even though I reside in the adjacent First District. I did not file in the First District at that time out of respect for my Democratic friend and colleague, Congressman Jay Inslee, who had been considering a run for governor but had not yet decided.

"Today Congressman Inslee announced he is running for governor in 2012. Accordingly, I have amended my federal paperwork to reflect that I am now running for what will be an open seat in ... my home district."

Goodman, from Kirkland, has represented the 45th Legislative District in the state House since 2006, yet the congressional seat he seeks is perhaps not so open.

In early June former State Rep. Laura Ruderman, also from Kirkland, announced she will run for Inslee’s post if the eight-term U.S. Congressman opted to pursue the governorship.

Ruderman, a Democrat, represented the 45th District from 1999 to 2005, and then ran for secretary of state but lost to Republican Sam Reed. She also ran unsuccessfully for state Democratic party chairman in 2006.


Washington’s 1st Congressional District encompasses parts of Northwest Seattle — largely suburban areas north and east of the city ranging from Edmonds to Redmond, including Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville.

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