Issaquah business, government leaders welcome U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert

June 4, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 3:30 p.m. June 4, 2012

Issaquah business and government leaders greeted U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert on Monday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the congressman’s Issaquah district office.

In March, the GOP congressman opened the office in a Southeast 56th Street office building uphill from East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.

The relocation reflects changes in the 8th Congressional District precipitated last year by redistricting. The redrawn district stretches from Auburn in South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County.

The former district encompassed only communities in King and Pierce counties. Reichert used to operate a district office in Mercer Island, but redistricting shifted Mercer Island into the 9th Congressional District.

Mayor Ava Frisinger, chamber leaders and members, and city residents participated in the Issaquah ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The warm reception we’ve received from the community of Issaquah is remarkable,” Reichert said in a statement. “Thank you to Mayor Frisinger, chamber CEO Matt Bott and the 50-plus business owners and community leaders for attending today’s reception and officially welcoming me and my staff to Issaquah. Talking with business people from around Issaquah and surrounding communities is always a great opportunity to learn and share ideas on creating jobs locally.”

House rules require members to relocate district offices before May 1 during election years or to wait until after the November election.

“We are fortunate to have a congressional district office here in Issaquah,” Frisinger said. “Issaquah has enjoyed its working relationship with Congressman Reichert and his staff over the years, and we are especially pleased that the public served by Congressman Reichert and by Issaquah has an additional opportunity to communicate with its representative.”

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