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 whats 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 states 1st Congressional District, which runs from northeast King County to the Canadian border.