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Originally published July 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM | Page modified July 31, 2014 at 2:48 PM

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Editorial: The Times recommends to return Suzan DelBene, District 1, and Rick Larsen, District 2, to Congress

Democratic Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen should have been tested by strong challengers, but those challengers did not show up.

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SO far, none of the challengers to the incumbents in Washington’s 1st and 2nd congressional districts are making a case to turn out either of the incumbents.

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, spent her first term in Congress operating at a level beyond her rookie status. She deserves re-election to continue her work on behalf of the 1st District.

Her congressional turf runs from northeast King County to the Canadian border. The former Microsoft executive puts her tech-savvy skills to use in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. She was a key player on the new farm bill from the House Agriculture Committee that passed the House.

Six other candidates are on the ballot. A large number with thin potential. The likeliest is Pedro Celis, also a Microsoft veteran, who lives in Redmond and is running as a Republican. In an interview, immigration was Celis’ best topic. Otherwise, he has lots of homework between now and November.

Voters in the 2nd District have only one credible choice, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett. He has worked hard on legislation that loops back to support jobs in his district and the state. Larsen serves all of San Juan and Island counties, and parts of Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties.

His focus on protecting employment cost him the endorsement of the Washington Machinists Council over his support for a Boeing pension change. His backing of Cherry Point coal-export jobs will rile others.

Larsen is a strong advocate for the Export-Import Bank, a renewed federal highway trust fund, and smart investments in U.S. Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic.

Larsen and DelBene are the solid choices for their 1st and 2nd congressional districts.

Editorial board members are editorial page editor Kate Riley, Frank A. Blethen, Ryan Blethen, Sharon Pian Chan, Lance Dickie, Jonathan Martin, Erik Smith, Thanh Tan, William K. Blethen (emeritus) and Robert C. Blethen (emeritus).

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