The Stranger just released its profiles of the Democrats running for Congress in Washington’s 8th District, asking, “Which of These Dems Will Save Us From Dino Rossi?” Their answer? Jason Rittereiser, “The One Who Can Win.”
The Stranger highlighted the strength Jason has that separates him from the other Democrats in this race: his ability to win over independent voters, particularly independent women who may have reluctantly supported Donald Trump in 2016. They interviewed such a voter at one of Jason’s town halls, Sharon. Sharon was facing down a $3,000 deductible after a $4,000 medical bill for a broken arm and became a supporter of Jason’s after he answered her questions without using “canned little snippet taglines, that stump speech kind of stuff” that she’s used to from politicians. The profile emphasized that people like Sharon are a critical demographic in this district:
“If a Democrat is going to beat Dino Rossi in the 8th District, they’re going to need to win over voters like Sharon. Though the western part of the district may be getting bluer, the south and the east may be getting redder. No one is 100 percent sure how the demographic changes in the district will affect this race, but the candidates are 100 percent sure—at this point, at least—that they need to appeal to the more conservative areas if they want to win.
As a former King County deputy prosecutor with roots east of the mountains, Rittereiser believes his narrative is compelling enough to make him the first Democrat elected to the seat since its inception.
Temperamentally, at least, Rittereiser might be right.
If there’s some question about Kim Schrier seeming too much like a Seattle liberal and Shannon Hader smelling too much of Washington, DC, there’s no question Jason Rittereiser is from Ellensburg.”
The profile also featured the only independent poll conducted in our race, noting that “the poll found that the more independent or swing voters get to know Rittereiser, the more they like him.”
That’s where we need your help. Between now and our primary election on August 7th, we need all hands on deck phone banking, knocking doors, and spreading Jason’s message on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you can volunteer, sign up here.
You can read the Stranger’s entire profile of Jason here.