Split between the Seattle suburbs and rural Washington, Washington’s 8th Congressional District has a complex mix of issues that voters prioritize. Health care is Schrier’s primary focus, but constituents in the district also care a great deal about public lands issues related to hunting, fishing and the sale of protected land where those activities take place.
President Donald Trump’s tariffs, too, are now playing a big part in the race. Washington state is a leader in apple and dairy farming, both of which were hit hard by retaliatory Chinese tariffs in the 8th district. Boeing, too, has a manufacturing plant in the district that has been affected by steel tariffs. The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represents Boeing workers and has 45,000 members, endorsed Schrier.
“I think in other times there may be a bigger divide,” Schrier said. “Right now there are a lot of shared concerns… this is a district that is very much split and looks at issues rather than if there is a D or an R.”