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February 05, 2004

Reichert's in

They're off and running in the 8th Congressional District. King County Sheriff Dave Reichert, who for the longest time didn't want anyone to know he was a Republican, became first on his block to announce for Jennifer Dunn's seat. He joined the race as a Republican. Dunn declared last week she is retiring at the end of the term.

Reichert soon could be joined by a number of other members of the GOP, including King County Councilman David Irons and Republican National Committee member Diane Tebelius. The Democrat in the race is Alex Alben, a Mercer Islander and former RealNetworks executive.

Newcomers to the Northwest wonder what all the fuss in the 8th district is about. Well, before Dunn's announcement and the declaration last summer by Gov. Gary Locke that he would not seek re-election, politicians were lined up seeking advancement with few places to go. Dunn and Locke have opened the gates of opportunity.

Reichert is the front-runner so far because he is in early, he has huge name familiarity--and he gets to wear his cop uniform whenever he wants.

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