u 2010 Washington Primary Election

Suzan DelBene

A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 8 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat

On this race: Elected Experience: I‘ve never run for elective office.

Other Professional Experience: I've spent 20 years as a businesswoman and entrepreneur: a Vice President at Microsoft; a leader of local startups; and advisor to a non-profit helping struggling families.

Education: B.A. from Reed College; M.B.A. from University of Washington.

Community Service: I've served as a mentor to students at UW Business School.  I've been active in my church as a board member and Stephen's minister, supporting those going through crises. I've been a volunteer with the PTA, the Girl Scouts and at the YWCA, supporting transitional housing, job training and services to help families get back on their feet.

Statement: After years of great risk taking and excessive, inefficient government spending, our economy continues to struggle.  It's time to bring sound fiscal leadership to Congress.  I believe my experience creating jobs and managing budgets can help us find a way out of this mess, reduce spending, and put people back to work.

I've spent 20 years as a business leader and entrepreneur, including as a Vice President at Microsoft and as a leader of local startups.  I understand the challenges small businesses face and the role that government can play in helping - or stifling - innovation and job growth.

We must build on our region's legacy and skills by promoting an innovation-based, small business-driven economy.  Government alone can't create jobs, but it can help nurture small businesses and new industries, encouraging their development as they produce new job opportunities.

To create economic opportunity, we must get serious about fiscal accountability -cracking down on Wall Street, ending taxpayer bailouts, demanding strict rules on risky banking practices, and eliminating tax loopholes that contribute to our outrageous debt.

I understand the importance of creating opportunity at every step of the economic ladder.  Growing up, my father was frequently out of work and my family struggled financially.  I worked my way through college and have volunteered at my church, at the YWCA, and worked with a non-profit, helping struggling families get back on their feet.

The incumbent has been in elective office for 14 years.  He and his colleagues in Congress have demonstrated they don't have the expertise or the political courage to solve the fiscal and economic challenges we face.  It's time for new blood with a different approach.  I have the right experience to help revive our economy. I'm proud to be the Washington State Democratic Party's official nominee for Congress.

Competitors

Dave Reichert Republican
Tom Cramer Democrat
Ernest Huber Republican
Tim Dillon Republican

Last updated: Sept. 1, 12:18 p.m. Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Dave Reichert (R) 76,118 47.23%
Suzan DelBene (D) 43,272 26.85%
Tom Cramer (D) 15,313 9.50%
Ernest Huber (R) 9,376 5.82%
Tim Dillon (R) 8,291 5.14%
Keith Arnold (D) 3,405 2.11%
Robin Adair (I) 2,648 1.64%
Boleslaw (John) Orlinski (D) 1,761 1.09%
Caleb Love Mardini 987 0.61%
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