King County Councilmember Joe McDermott says he’ll seek the 7th District seat of retiring 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott.
Notwithstanding the retirement of 14-term U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, Seattle-area voters will again get a chance to vote for a McDermott to represent them in Congress.
Metropolitan King County Council Chairman Joe McDermott announced Wednesday he’ll seek the 7th Congressional District seat.
McDermott, who is not related to Jim McDermott, said in a news release a top priority will be to push to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which opened up a new flood of money in politics.
He also pledged to seek a ban on military-style assault weapons and hold gun manufacturers liable for gun deaths, saying “for too long, politicians in Washington, D.C., have kowtowed to the National Rifle Association.”
A Metropolitan King County Council member for the past five years, McDermott previously represented the 34th Legislative District in the Legislature.
McDermott is the second Democratic elected official to declare for the 7th District congressional seat.
Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, D-Seattle, a relatively new state lawmaker, announced a primary challenge for the 7th District seat before Jim McDermott’s retirement announcement.
Despite his familiar moniker — his full name is James Joseph McDermott — McDermott said he won’t be trying to fool voters by running as “Jim McDermott.”
“I am Joe McDermott and I am running on my 15 years of experience in state and local government,” he said in an interview.
The solidly Democratic 7th District spans most of Seattle, Vashon Island, Burien, Edmonds and Shoreline.
Several other possible candidates have also said they’re weighing a run for the 7th District seat, or at least not ruling it out — including state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.