RIDGEFIELD, Wash. -- U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas) now has two challengers for her seat representing Washington's 3rd District.
Ridgefield Democrat Bob Dingethal announced his campaign on Monday. He's the executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and previously worked for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) as an outreach director for Southwest Washington.
Dingethal sent a statement to KATU's news partners at The Columbian.
"The people of Southwest Washington deserve representation in Congress, leadership that works together and actively seeks solutions to our common problems," it read. "Our Congress is dysfunctional. It's time to put aside the partisan in-fighting that has caused the problems of struggling families to be ignored. The people need someone who will listen and work as hard as they do."
Dingethal is the second candidate to oppose Herrera Beutler in the 3rd district. Republican Michael Delavar is running for the seat again. The former Washougal city councilman lost to Democrat Brian Baird in 2008.
"Our liberty is taken away with increased debt piled upon debt," Delavar wrote on his campaign's website. "I am tired of Congressional representatives, like Herrera Beutler, playing political theater with the budget. There are solutions to the budget dilemmas, but kicking the can down the road only increases the size of the correction."
Herrera Beutler has cut back on her Congressional schedule since the birth of her daughter Abigail, who was born with Potter's Syndrome, a rare kidney condition that is almost always fatal. She plans to run for a third term.