Matthew SutherlandI am please to see that Democrat Matthew Sutherland has decided to run for the 9th Legislative District of Eastern Washington instead of the race against Cathy McMorris Rogers for her 5th Congressional seat. The rumor is that he has decided to run against Republican Joe Schmick for the 9th LD, and I believe this is a winnable race for Matthew. The 9th LD includes the Cities of Pullman, Clarkston and Colfax, WA, an all of Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties as well as parts of Spokane County.

Matthew Sutherland, a Washington State University alumnus who announced his candidacy early this year, told a gathering of Democratic donors Sunday night he was stepping aside to support former state Sen. Lisa Brown. Sutherland will run for one of two positions in the state House of Representatives in the 9th Legislative District.

“I’m committed to making decisions that are best for the team,” Sutherland said in an interview Monday. “I think this is the best decision for Eastern Washington.”

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