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Jay Inslee leaves Congress to focus on gubernatorial race

Jay Inslee is running for governor of Washington State
Jay Inslee is running for governor

Congressman Jay Inslee announced on Saturday, March 10th at a news conference in Seattle that he will leave Congress on March 20th to focus full-time on his campaign for governor.

“I am excited about focusing full-time on talking about my job-creation agenda and building a new economy for Washington state,” Inslee told a group of supporters at his campaign headquarters today. “We have a great chance to seize our own destiny, build our own industries, and create our own technological revolutions right here at home.”

“I am not one for half measures or half-hearted efforts,” continued Inslee. “I am going to leave everything on the field. I am going everywhere and I am going to listen to everybody. If you have an idea, I want to hear it. If you have a problem, I want to know it. If you have a business, I want to help you grow it. I am all in.”

Inslee has served in the House of Representatives for seven terms. He was the representative for the 4th Congressional District from 1992-1994 and has been the representative the 1st Congressional District since 1999.

Inslee, who is currently leading in fundraising and running neck-in-neck with his opponent based on recent polls, said he made the decision very recently after watching the GOP presidential nominees visiting Washington with what Inslee described as a “divisive social issues agenda” and then seeing state Republicans offer budget proposals that slashed education funding.

“It was a difficult decision, but what I need to do right now is focus all my attention on talking to people about what’s really important – creating jobs and growing our economy,” said Inslee.

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