Rep. Dave Reichert (R) announced Wednesday he will not seek an eighth term in 2018, leaving open a competitive seat that backed Hillary Clinton by 3 points last year. “Reichert, who recently turned 67, said … he’d made the decision after spending time with family and friends” over the August recess.
“Although he hinted in a news release of pursuing ‘new opportunities’ in public service, Reichert said he is not in talks for any Trump administration job and has no intention of running for U.S. Senate in 2018 or governor in 2020.” In an interview, he admitted it could be “hard” for a GOP candidate to hold his district, which spans east from Seattle and Tacoma and covers King County.
State Sen. Dino Rossi (R), who twice ran for governor and once for Senate, topped the list of possible candidates. In a Facebook post, he wrote, “I won’t take long to make a decision, but I do need to talk with my family and make sure it makes sense to leave my business to run for office.”
Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn (R) didn’t rule out a run for the district, which his mother represented from 1993 to 2005. State Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R) and state Rep. J.T. Wilcox (R) left the door open to running, but state Sen. Joe Fain (R) said he would not. (Seattle Times)
His exit makes the district a top battleground in 2018. It has an even partisan voting index from the Cook Political Report, which moved the district into the “Toss Up” category shortly after Reichert’s announcement. Several Democrats have already launched bids, including former King County Deputy Prosecutor Jason Rittereiser (D), pediatrician Kim Schrier (D) and Amazon software developer Toby Whitney (D), businesswoman Mona Das (D) and Issaquah City Councilmember Tola Marts (D).