House Of Representatives. The 8th Congressional District, which covers Maple Valley and Issaquah, now extends east into Chelan and Kittitas Counties. It is the only district in the state that has never elected a Democrat.
Ventrella, who describes himself as a moderate Democrat, has long been considered a potential candidate for Congress. He has vowed not to take contributions from political action committees or big checks from wealthy donors. His strengths are name familiarity from decades on the evening news and his likability. He most likely would be thought of as a consensus builder who would reach across the aisle.
Dave Reichert, the former King County sheriff, has held the seat since 2004.