The race for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District just got a little more crowded.
Fifty-year-old Carolyn Long, a political science professor at WSU Vancouver, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Nov. 13 to join three other Democratic candidates vying to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler next fall.
This will be her first campaign for public office.
“I think there are a lot of good candidates who have chosen to run for the 3rd Congressional District, and I’m excited to join that group,” Long told The Daily News Friday afternoon.
Long said she looks forward to discussing her candidacy in more detail at her official campaign kickoff event later this month.
Long said she plans to take partial leave of absence from her 22-year tenure at the university to pursue the race. Long holds a doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey and has held a number of administrative and leadership positions at WSU Vancouver. She is currently a professor in the WSU Vancouver’s school of politics, philosophy and public affairs.
The other candidates for the 3rd District include David McDevitt, Dorothy Gasque and Peter Harrison.
McDevitt, a Vancouver businessman, ran for the congressional seat last year and lost to state Rep. Jim Moeller by 14 points in the August primary. He’s looking to build more name recognition by hosting dozens of town hall events across the district through next summer.
Gasque, an Iraq war veteran, was a prominent Bernie Sanders supporter last year and represented Clark County as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The Hazel Dell resident filed her paperwork with the FEC on Jan. 10 and announced her candidacy in June.
Peter Harrison is a Vancouver-based businessman and professional writer who holds degrees in computer science and biology. He’s lived in Vancouver since 2000 and his wife graduated from Castle Rock High School. Harrison filed his paperwork with the FEC in February and announced his candidacy early last month.
With Long’s entrance into the race, at least 20 congressional candidates have filed in Washington — a new state record for this early stage in a federal election.