Seven-term Washington US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election next year. Prior to winning his congressional seat in 2004, Mr. Reichert served in the King County Sheriff’s office for 33 years including eight in the top position. He came to national notoriety for his role in apprehending the notorious Green River killer, Gary Ridgway, the most prolific serial killer in American history credited with 49 confirmed slayings though the total could be as high a ninety. Just under 60% of the 8th District population resides in King County, with about a quarter living in Pierce County. Chelan and Kittitas Counties and part of Douglas are also included. The seat will likely feature a toss-up congressional race next year. Hillary Clinton carried the region last year with a 48-45% margin. President Obama defeated Mitt Romney here, 50-48%.
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