Ex-Microsoft engineer Celis to challenge DelBene

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by MANUEL VALDES / Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 3:47 PM

SEATTLE -- A former Microsoft engineer has announced he's challenging former Microsoft executive Rep. Suzan DelBene for her seat in Congress.
  
Pedro Celis announced Thursday he's running as a Republican candidate to challenge the freshman representative of the 1st Congressional district. So far Celis is the only candidate to throw in his name in the race.
  
Celis was born in Mexico and in his video announcing his candidacy jokes he's the one with the "heavy accent."
 
 Unlike the more conservative quarters of the Republican party, Celis supports immigration reform.  He was an outspoken supporter of a state measure that expanded financial aid for students without legal status in the country.
 
But Celis is also an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage.
 

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