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Pakootas announces run for Congress

SPOKANE, Wash. - Incumbent Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers has another Democrat challenger in the race for the 5th District seat.

Joe Pakootas just announced his plans to run against McMorris Rodgers. The 56-year-old businessman has served as an elected leader of the Colville Confederated Tribes for 16 years, with five years as the tribal chairman.

Pakootas said in a statement released to the media that he has witnessed firsthand what Republicans, including McMorris Rodgers, have done to the middle class families of Eastern Washington.

"No one should work full time and live in poverty. We must fight for our values - a strong middle class, pay equity for women, affordable health care for all, promises kept to seniors and veterans, education opportunities for our youth, clean air and water, and shared responsibility. We want a balanced budget -- but not on the backs of the middle class and the poor," Pakootas said.

Dave Wilson previously announced he was running against McMorris Rodgers.