State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland), one of six candidates who announced for the First District Congressional seat being vacated by US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-1)---Inslee, of course, is running for governor---announced today that he's dropping out of the race. Goodman's decision comes on the heels of what he himself called an "anemic" quarter of fundraising, which prompted rumors last month that he planned to withdraw from the race.
As of last month, Goodman had raised $209,000, but had only $53,000 on hand.
In a statement, Goodman said he planned to run for reelection to his state house seat. "Having campaigned hard in this huge, new 'swing' congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature, to build on a strong record and to keep making a real difference here at home."
Goodman's departure leaves former Microsoft executives Suzan DelBene and Darcy Burner, State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens), former state representative Laura Ruderman, and electronics entrepreneur Darshan Rauniyar, in the race.