District 9 Congress candidates primary forum July 21

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The Federal Way Mirror is your source for local political news in 2012.
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Five candidates for U.S. Congress District 9 will take the stage in a forum that runs 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Federal Way High School's little theater, 30611 16th Ave. S. The audience will be able to submit questions to candidates.

The district is Washington's first majority-minority congressional district, and is currently held by Democratic Rep. Adam Smith. The redrawn 9th District stretches from Tacoma in the south to Mercer Island and Bellevue in the north.

The 9th District is now comprised of 50.3 percent "non-white" residents. The map for legislative districts was redrawn to make room for the new 10th District in the Olympia area. The new district was created because more than one million new residents have moved to Washington since 2000.

Candidates challenging Smith for the position are Jim Postma (Republican), Dave Christie (Democrat), Tom Cramer (Democrat) and John Orlinski (Republican).

The top two candidates in the primary election will move on to the general election in November. Click here to learn more about the candidates.


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