Politics Blog

U.S. Rep. Larsen to kick off campaign at Chuckanut Brewery

If you're in a Democrat state of mind, you might want to show up at U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen's campaign kickoff event in Bellingham -- one of several throughout the 2nd Congressional District Larsen has scheduled over the next week.

The Democrat from Everett seeks his eight term in the House of Representatives. Redistricting after the 2010 Census took the more conservative parts of Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties out of Larsen's district, and he has been safer since. Larsen won the 2012 election by 22 percentage points after squeaking past John Koster during the tea party ascendancy of 2010.

This year, the Republicans are not putting forth much effort to unseat Larsen. The election resume of Republican challenger B.J. Guillot of Everett features a fourth-place finish out of four in a state House primary in 2012.

A third candidate will be on the Aug. 5 primary ballot. This is Mike Lapointe's second run at Larsen. In 2012, Lapointe took 4.2 percent of the vote in the primary election after announcing as a "99% Party" candidate. This time, he's running as an Independent.

It doesn't seem unreasonable to ask Larsen to forego collecting campaign contributions this year, or to donate them to charity. He's going to waltz into another term.

Still, Larsen's supporters can talk with the man and write him a check, if so inclined, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, 601 W. Holly St.

The Larsen campaign team invites people to RSVP for the event at RickLarsen.org. (Where exactly to RSVP didn't jump out at me when I went to the site.)

Larsen is also holding kickoffs next week in Everett, Coupeville, the Farmhouse Restaurant between Mount Vernon and Anacortes, and Eastsound.