Goodman and Springer join over 200 elected officials, labor organizers, and community leaders in endorsing Jason
Issaquah, WA – Jason earned the endorsements of Deputy Majority Leader Larry Springer and House Public Safety Chair Roger Goodman, as elected officials unite behind the only Democratic candidate independent polling shows can defeat Republican Dino Rossi in the general election.
“I’m enthusiastically endorsing Jason Rittereiser for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because he has the track record of standing up for our communities,” said Larry Springer, Deputy Majority Leader and Representative for Washington’s 45th Legislative District. “As a former teacher and advocate on school safety, I know that our communities need a representative who will put politics aside and fight for what is best for them if we’re ever going to pass laws that will actually keep our students safe. Jason has demonstrated that he can bring voters together across the political divide, and that’s what we need to fix a broken D.C.”
“I’m proud to endorse Jason Rittereiser for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because I know he understands the urgency of enacting common sense gun safety laws,” said Rep. Roger Goodman of Washington’s 45th Legislative District. “I know Jason’s experience serving our communities as a violent crimes prosecutor gives him the depth of knowledge necessary to craft effective legislation that will keep Washingtonians safer at school, at work, and at home.”
“I’m honored that legislators with a history of leadership and building bipartisan coalitions around these critical issues trust me to represent their constituents in Congress,” Jason said.
Rep. Springer has been a vocal leader on the push for additional gun safety legislation in Washington’s state legislature, building on his strong credentials as an advocate for Washington’s teachers and students. Rep. Springer successfully pushed legislation increasing teacher pay and funding to reduce class sizes through the statehouse as the legislature worked to meet its obligations under the McCleary case.
Rep. Goodman has been nationally recognized for his leadership on protecting victims of domestic abuse, leading the effort to pass a state law in 2014 that requires domestic abusers under protection orders to surrender their guns to authorities. Rep. Goodman has been widely recognized for his work improving public safety, earning Legislator of the Year awards from the Washington Association of Substance and Violence Prevention, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Jason is the only candidate in the race to answer the call of local March for Our Lives students to hold a town hall specifically on gun violence. As a deputy criminal prosecutor for King County serving in the Special Assault Unit, Jason sought justice for victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes.
Jason is running to replace retiring incumbent Republican Dave Reichert in one of the nation’s most closely watched Congressional contests, as Washington’s 8th district could decide which party controls the House. The only candidate with roots on both sides of the mountains, Jason is the first Democrat since the district’s expansion into central Washington that can compete with Republicans for every vote.