Democratic rookie candidates in big-league U.S. House race

By Joel Connelly, SeattlePI AUBURN — A district spanning the Cascades, and Washington’s political cultures, is an epicenter of Democrats’ bid this year to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives and put a check on the out-of-control Trump administration. The 8th Congressional District is home base of retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert. Democrats are seeking to bring home …

Democratic physician enters 8th District race to replace Rep. Dave Reichert

Shannon Hader, a longtime federal public-health official, is the latest Democrat to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn. Another Democrat, Mona Das, has exited the race because of lackluster fundraising. By Jim Brunner Seattle Times political reporter A former top federal public-health official has joined the field of Democratic candidates vying to …

The Stranger Guest Editorial: Four Steps to Tackle the Opioid Crisis That Will Work Better Than the Death Penalty

By Dr. Shannon Hader Recently, President Trump announced a plan to combat opioid addiction, calling for more aggressive prosecution of drug dealers – including the death penalty. While his plan also includes increased education programs and better access to treatment options, it was breaking out the death penalty that caught the media’s attention, as well as mine. It’s this kind …

SeattlePI: Former senior CDC official to run for Congress

By Joel Connelly, SeattlePI Until recently a senior official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marked for budget cuts by the Trump Administration, Hader is running as a Democrat for Congress in Washington’s 8th Congressional district. Hader, an Auburn native, is seeking the seat of Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, retiring after seven terms in Congress. Hader is …

Former senior CDC official to run for Congress

By Joel Connelly, SeattlePI Dr. Shannon Hader feels it’s time for Washington to have a doctor in the House. Until recently a senior official at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marked for budget cuts by the Trump Administration, Hader is running as a Democrat for Congress in Washington’s 8th Congressional district. Hader, an Auburn native, is seeking …

Campaigns cry foul in national Democrats’ interference in key House races

By Emily Goodin and Esther Castillejo ABC News Campaign tactics by Democratic officials to ensure the party retakes control of the House this fall have sparked complaints from some candidates about the interference and led to growing concerns the heavy-handed moves could backfire. The dynamic was dramatically apparent in Tuesday’s Texas’ 7th Congressional District primary — where an acrimonious showdown …

Is the Democratic Party Playing Favorites In the Race to Replace Dave Reichert?

The Washington State Democratic party appears to be making the same mistakes the national party made in 2016. Though the primary isn’t until August 7th, accusations are flying in the race for the 8th Congressional District. Candidates and activists say high-ranking officials in the Washington State Democratic party have been working to ensure that Kim Schrier will be the party’s …

Who can beat Republican Dino Rossi? Democratic rivals jostle in pivotal 8th Congressional District

Five Democrats in the 8th Congressional District race faced off in a debate that showcased broad agreement on issues from tighter gun restrictions to expanded government-sponsored health care. Five Democrats vying to become the party standard bearer in Washington’s closely watched 8th Congressional District race faced off in a debate Wednesday night that showcased broad agreement on issues from tighter …

Big Republican super PAC moves in to fight for Washington’s 8th Congressional District

The Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, announced Wednesday it was opening a field office in Washington’s 8th District, as well as in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. By Jim Brunner Seattle Times staff reporter A major Republican super PAC has set up shop in Washington’s 8th Congressional District — another sign …