Councilman Drops Bid for Reichert’s Seat

Tola Marts said he wasn’t able to raise enough funds.

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Ally Mutnick
Oct. 3, 2017, 10:47 a.m.

Issaquah City Councilman Tola Marts (D) dropped out of the race for retiring Rep. Dave Reichert’s (R) seat, citing fundraising struggles in a crowded race.

“I made a decision to stay in my day job as a mechanical engineer while running for Congress, and it eventually became clear that this was not feasible—running for Congress is its own full-time job.” (Tacoma News Tribune)

MONEY MATTERS. Pediatrician Kim Schrier (D) reported raising $270,000 in the third quarter. (Politico)

Reichert’s retirement leaves open a swing sweat that Hillary Clinton won by 3 points. Several Democrats are running for the seat, including businesswoman Mona Das (D) and former King County Deputy Pro­sec­utor Jason Rittereiser (D). On the GOP side, state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) is running.


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