State Rep. Marko Liias (D-21, Edmonds), a transit and environmental leader in the Democratic caucus—is planning to release an online video and statement later this week (he says probably Friday), that he's running for US Congress. Liias, an active member of the house (a lead player in this year's TransAlta agreement and the $20 car tab legislation for King County Metro service), just turned 30 last week, is one of six openly gay legislators in the state house and senate.

Drug reform advocate Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland) and former state legislator Laura Ruderman have already declared. And state Dept. of Revenue head, former tech businesswoman, and former US Rep. Dave Reichert (D-WA-8 ) opponent, Suzan DelBene may also have an announcement to make.

It's not exactly clear what district this gaggle of politicians will be fighting over: Washington State is currently redistricting to create a 10th seat. US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 1), who represents the north and northwest burbs of Seattle, including Shoreline and Edmonds along with parts of Redmond and Kirkland, is running for governor, guaranteeing some sort of intramural in Liias turf.

Ruderman has raised just more than $100,000 and Goodman is at $85,000. DelBene spent $2.3 million of her own money in her run against Reichert in 2010. Liias says he just started raising money in the last week and a half and is bringing on a full-time fundraiser in August.

 
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