State Representative Roger Goodman (D - 45th Legislative District) issued the following statement on his decision to run for Congress in the 1st Congressional District:
“Today I filed my statement of candidacy for election to the United States Congress, running from the First Congressional District, where my family has always made our home.
“My campaign for Congress attracted enough support to trigger the federal filing requirement back in late January of this year. I chose to file my statement of candidacy in the Eighth Congressional District at that time, even though I reside in the adjacent First District. I did not file in the First District at that time out of respect for my Democratic friend and colleague, Congressman Jay Inslee, who had been considering a run for Governor but had not yet decided.
“Today Congressman Inslee has announced that he is running for Governor in 2012. Accordingly, I have amended my federal paperwork to reflect that I am now running for what will be an open seat in the First Congressional District, my home district.
“I am very encouraged by the enthusiastic response I've received thus far in my run for Congress. Having achieved significant legislative victories during three terms in the State Legislature, I have championed the causes of children and working families and, as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee I've worked successfully to improve public safety, to protect civil rights and to promote justice.
“With an open Congressional seat now in my own backyard, my supporters and family have urged me to step up to the next level. The other Washington certainly needs a good dose of Washington State Common Sense, and I will bring my collaborative problem-solving style to Congress to address key national and global issues.”