Pedro Celis, a former Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, officially dropped his hat into the race for Washington’s 1st Congressional District earlier today. Celis will take on incumbent Democrat and former Microsoft exec. Rep. Suzan Delbene.
A quick refresher on Delbene:
In February, Delbene—the picture of political bravery—traveled outside of her Congressional District to show her support for the controversial $10.10 federal minimum wage in… Seattle—a city that is well on its way to adopting a $15 an hour minimum wage.
One month later, Delbene—along with her entourage—paraded around Redmond while pretending to be a UPS driver for an afternoon. Read why Delbene’s campaign chose this less-than-tasteful publicity stunt here.
Since then, we have waited in anticipation for Delbene’s next desperate grasp for media attention. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to wait too long. This week, Delbene decided to personally submit her paperwork for re-election to the Secretary of State’s office. That required Delbene—and, of course, her entourage—to make a trip down to Olympia to complete the process. Despite her social media efforts, Delebene’s weak publicity stunt fell short of garnering attention.
Celis took a different approach to filing his candidacy… he used a computer and filed over the internet. So simple, yet so appropriate considering this is a race between two tech-savvy former Microsofties. Looks like Delbene lost a perfect opportunity to use her filing as a lower-your-carbon-footprint-through-technology publicity stunt.