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Republican Congressman Reichert Will Not Seek Re-Election

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Republican Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Wash., announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election next year, setting up what is likely to be a competitive race for his seat representing Washington's 8th Congressional District.

Reichert said in a statement he decided not to run for re-election after spending time with family and friends, reflecting on the past, discussing the future, and celebrating another birthday.

"It was not an easy decision but I believe it was the right one for my family and me," Reichert said. "I have spent my entire career and devoted my life to service. I see this not just as a job, but as a calling - a calling I will not walk away from."

Reichert said he looks forward to spending time with his family and pledged to continue to fight for hardworking families and small businesses in his last term in Congress.

Democrats were quick to jump on the announcement, with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesperson Drew Godinich calling Reichert's retirement a testament to the growing gap between the GOP and the values of western Washington.

"As one of the most Democratic districts held by a Republican Representative, this district was always going to be competitive," Godinich said.

He added, "Clearly, Congressman Reichert saw the writing on the wall, and realized that he was in for an uphill re-election campaign against a strong bench of Democratic challengers and motivated base."

Hillary Clinton narrowly won Washington's 8th Congressional District in last year's presidential election, and the seat was already expected to be a key target for Democrats looking to retake the House.

However, Republicans expressed confidence they would retain the seat, with National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, noting the district has chosen the GOP for over a decade.

"With a bitter and expensive primary fight already confronting Democrats in this seat, Republicans are ready to elect another common-sense congressman like Dave Reichert, not another rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi," Stivers said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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