Redmond businessman challenges InsleeDecember 9th, 2009 by tristan baurick
A Redmond businessman is stepping up to face Rep. Jay Inslee in 2010.
James Watkins, who worked for over a decade for Microsoft, said on his newly-launched website that he’s running against “career office-seeker Jay Inslee” because of the Bainbridge Democrat’s support for “passing massive tax and regulatory burdens on working Americans.”
Inslee and his political ilk are “killing the American Dream,” said Watkins, who ran a small bank when he was 22 and now works as a business consultant.
Inslee, who has not announced whether he’ll seek reelection, has won the 1st Congressional District by wide margins since wrestling it from Republican Rick White almost 12 years ago.
The 1st Congressional District includes Redmond, Kirkland, Edmonds, Bainbridge, and Central and North Kitsap.
In recent elections, Inslee has faced Kirkland Republican Larry Ishmael. On his website, Ishmael announced he’d not run against Inslee in 2010 because he is studying for a Ph.D. Ishmael predicts Inslee will seek the Washington governorship in 2012.
Watkins’ website does not mention party affiliation, but the Seattle P-I reports that he is seeking the Republican nomination.