Sunday was caucus day for Washington state’s Democrats, the first step in picking delegates who will attend the national presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, N.C. in early September.
The 1st Legislative District, which represents much of Mountlake Terrace, held its caucus at Canyon Park Junior High in Bothell, with more than 140 people attending, said Nicholas Carlson, chair of the 1st District Democrats. In addition to selecting delegates, the caucus also conducted a straw poll for who should be the Democratic nominee for the 1st Congressional Districct seat vacated by Jay Inslee, who is running for governor.
According to Carlson, the winner of the Democrats’ straw poll — a precursor to the August primary — was former State Rep. Laura Ruderman, with 58 votes. Ruderman, a Kirkland resident who represented the 45th District from 1999-2005, ran for Secretary of State in 2004, losing to Sam Reed. Darcy Burner, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 and 2008 against 8th District incumbent Dave Reichert, finished second in the straw poll, with 19 votes, while businessman Darshan Rauniyar received 18 votes.
The vote totals were as follows:
Ruderman: 58 votes
Burner: 19 votes
Rauniyar: 18 votes
Suzan DelBene: 6 votes
Steve Hobbs: 2 votes