Dave Reichert outpaces Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress
November 6, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 11:10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012
Dave Reichert is poised to return to Washington, D.C., to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District.
Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, faced Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.
Reichert led, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the initial results released Tuesday night.
The district stretches from Auburn to Issaquah, and then across the Cascades to Ellensburg and Wenatchee.
“We toured cities from Eatonville to Chelan, and I heard the same thing, ‘We’ve got to get the economy moving again,’” Reichert said at the GOP election night celebration in Bellevue. “I’m in a good position to do that in the Ways & Means Committee.”
Reichert and the Republican candidate for governor, state Attorney General Rob McKenna, greeted phone bank volunteers at Reichert’s campaign headquarters in Issaquah on Monday.
“We were out in the community, in businesses in Issaquah, our business offices and our campaign offices are in Issaquah,” Reichert said at the election night celebration. “We are excited to be part of the Issaquah community.”
Porterfield conceded the race after the initial results arrived. (In King County, she garnered about 44 percent of ballots counted in the initial round, to Reichert’s 56 percent.)
“Campaigning was the hardest work that I’ve ever done and the most fun that I’ve ever had,” she said after leaving the Democrats’ election night celebration at the Westin Seattle.
Reichert held on amid spirited challenges from Democrats in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Redistricting last year reshaped the landscape for the district, and the 2012 race did not attract the same attention as the earlier battles.
Porterfield said the attention on competitive races elsewhere in the state shifted the focus from the 8th District contest. The novice candidate said facing a seasoned incumbent also posed a challenge.
Reporter Sebastian Moraga contributed to this report.