2016 ELECTIONS: County Councilmember Joe McDermott considering running to succeed Jim McDermott in Congress

(January 2012 photo of Rep. Jim McDermott and Councilmember Joe McDermott, by Dina Lydia)
You’ve probably heard by now that Seattle’s U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott has decided not to run for re-election, after almost 30 years. Might his successor be from West Seattle? King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (no relation) confirms he is thinking about it. In response to inquiries including ours, he e-mailed this:

“I have enormous respect for Jim McDermott, Whether it was tackling the HIV/AIDS crisis or Congressman McDermott’s long-term advocacy for health care reform, he has been a true champion for progressive causes. I was honored to receive a call from him yesterday so I could express my appreciation personally.

“Since his announcement, I have received dozens of calls from constituents and local and national leaders encouraging me to seek this office. I will not take this decision lightly and will be discussing it with my husband and family over the next few days.

“Seattle is the greatest city in the world. My regional experience, progressive values and proven ability to work across the aisle position me to advance the issues important to our city and tackle the obstructionism and dysfunction that have sadly become the hallmarks of Congress.

“My focus will remain tackling homelessness, ensuring an efficient transit system, and addressing the growing income inequality that threatens our middle class.”

Joe McDermott is a 48-year-old third-generation resident of West Seattle, where he lives with husband Michael. He spent 10 years in the State House and Senate before moving in 2010 to the King County Council, to which he was re-elected last November, unopposed.

IN THE RACE SO FAR: North Seattle State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw is already running, having announced four weeks before Jim McDermott went public with his decision.

9 Replies to "2016 ELECTIONS: County Councilmember Joe McDermott considering running to succeed Jim McDermott in Congress"

  • HelperMonkey January 5, 2016 (8:20 am)

    Run, Joe, run!

  • Stefen January 5, 2016 (8:57 am)

    Could probably get elected just on name recognition.

  • miws January 5, 2016 (9:21 am)

    Wouldn’t have to toss out the old note pads; “From the Desk of Rep. McDermott”! ;-)



  • R0b0 January 5, 2016 (9:40 am)

    Ed Murray is rumored to be eying Jim McDermott’s seat as well.

    • WSB January 5, 2016 (9:46 am)

      That was a rumor long before Rep. McDermott even made this announcement – there’s a 2-month-old Reddit thread, among other things – but the mayor told the Times, in the story linked toward the start of ours, that he is not seeking it. – TR

  • Lisa January 5, 2016 (10:11 am)

    Ditto @HelperMonkey. We need you Joe!!!

  • Diane January 5, 2016 (2:28 pm)

    based on facebook feed from last night (haven’t looked yet today), there are a ton of people already saying they’re interested in going for Jim’s seat

  • j January 5, 2016 (11:27 pm)

    If Joe’s focus has been homelessness, transit, and income inequality then I say he has FAILED miserably and we need someone who can really make things happen instead of just talking about it.
    Can’t get it done at the city level but, hey, he’s good looking and has a good name so let’s send him to Washington.

  • Justin January 6, 2016 (12:12 pm)

    “Vote for Jeff Johnson. The name you know.”

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