Stuart, Coopersmith challenge White in 1st District
by Jeff Switzer
|U.S. Rep. Rick White.
U.S. Rep. Rick White, R-First District, and Democrat challengers Don Stuart and Jeff Coopersmith, have filed for the fall election.
Rick White was first elected in 1994 after defeating Maria Cantwell and is seeking re-election this fall.
Prior to election, White was a partner for six years in the business law department of Perkins Coie, which he joined in 1983. He has four children and lives on Bainbridge Island.
If re-elected, he says he plans to focus on reforming Congress and addressing the "fundamental need to make our government more accessible and accountable to the American people." He says he has limited himself to serving no more than five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Don Stuart, a Bainbridge Island native, has among his 28 endorsements the National Organization for Women, the Lummi Tribe, the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, and the Washington State and King County Labor Councils.
He worked his way as a fisherman through Washington State University and the University of Washington, and then through the UW Law School. He has spent much of his life as a commercial fisherman and served four years as a lawyer in the U.S. Navy and six years practicing locally.
Stuart has been executive director of Salmon for Washington since 1990, forging understanding between fishing families and environmentalists.
Jeff Coopersmith will be facing Stuart in the Democratic primary. A Princeton University and University of Wisconsin Law School graduate, Coopersmith is a former King County prosecutor and spokesperson for both the Seattle Commons and the Pine Street Campaign.
He has also served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Gary Ackerman, where he was responsible for domestic legislation. Following that role, he became an organizer for the Services Employees International Union.
Early support for Coopersmith includes several King County Councilmembers, including Maggi Fimia and Larry Phillips; six U.S. Senators; and four U.S. Representatives.