Fellow Microsoft alum to run against DelBene for Congress

The Seattle TimesFebruary 27, 2014 

Suzane DelBene

Suzan DelBene

First-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene will face a re-election challenge this year from a fellow ex-Microsoft employee.

Republican Pedro Celis, a retired Microsoft software engineer from Redmond, plans to announce his candidacy officially Thursday morning.

Celis, 54, grew up in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s to pursue a career in computer science. He speaks with a heavy accent and plans to play up his life story in his campaign, recording his announcement video in both English and Spanish.

“I have experienced the American dream. I have experienced what’s great in this country and I want that to continue,” Celis said in an interview Wednesday evening.

DelBene, 52, a former Microsoft marketing executive, was elected in 2012 to represent the state’s 1st Congressional District, which runs from northeast King County to the Canadian border.

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