City: Pullman, WA
Education: Graduated from Rogers High School in Puyallup, Washington. Has bachelor's degree in political science and pre-law from Washington State University. Working on master's degree in global security policy.
Political experience: Vice chairman of Whitman County Planning Committee. Current member of the Pullman Board of Adjustment and Pullman Police Advisory Committee. Announced last year his intent to run for Congress before dropping out of the race.
Work experience: Joined U.S. Army at 17. Deployed on a humanitarian aid mission to El Salvador as an noncommissioned officer. Currently officer in Washington National Guard.
Republican state Reps. Joe Schmick and Mary Dye have defended their seats representing southeast Washington’s 9th Legislative District.
For the first time in a decade, a Democrat is challenging state Rep. Joe Schmick for his seat representing southeastern Washington. Matthew Sutherland, a graduate student at Washington State University, hopes to benefit from a nationwide “blue wave,” with Democrats hoping voters dissatisfied with President Donald Trump will vote for their party down the ballot.
The Washington State University alumnus will turn his attention to state-level politics, as Brown ramps up a run to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers next year with the backing of national political strategists.
McMorris Rodgers’ seat in Congress targeted by national Democrats emboldened by recent electoral wins
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added Washington’s 5th district to its list of 91 contests nationwide it believes are winnable to take back control of the House of Representatives. The designation doesn’t necessarily mean national Democrats will start spending money in the district, but signifies renewed interest from the left in a seat that has been occupied by a Republican since 1994.