Reagan Dunn will attempt to unseat Rep. Kim Schrier in 8th Congressional District

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Republican King County Council Member Reagan Dunn announced today he will run for the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Dr. Kim Schrier, a Democrat.

In making the announcement, Dunn said it’s time for Republicans to take back the seat.

“With skyrocketing violent crime, massive inflows of illegal drugs at our borders, and out-of-control government spending and inflation, the 2022 election will be a fight for the future of our state and our country,” Dunn said. “I am the only Republican in the race who has a proven track record of winning elections, and I can win this seat next November.”

Dunn is the son of Jennifer Dunn who represented the 8th District in Congress from 1993 to 2005.

The 8th District was reconfigured after the 2010 Census to cross the Cascades to include parts of Chelan, Douglas and Kittitas counties in addition to parts of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties on the west side. How the district will look in the 2022 election will be determined by the state Supreme Court after the state’s redistricting panel failed to file a plan by the deadline this year.

Former U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican, who held the seat from 2004 to 2018, will chair Dunn’s campaign.

After Reichert’s retirement, Schrier won the seat in 2018 against Republican Dino Rossi in one of the most expensive Congressional races in the country.

She was re-elected in 2020.

The primary race is shaping up to feature Schrier, Dunn and Republican Jesse Jensen competing for two spots on the general election ballot.

Jensen ran for the seat in 2020, losing to Schrier by just under 15,000 votes in the general election.

Dunn has won election to five terms on the King County Council.

In 2012, he ran for state attorney general but was defeated by current Attorney General Bob Ferguson in the general election.