Pérez staves off Kent to win 3rd Congressional District seat

Nov 12, 2022, 5:13 PM | Updated: 6:46 pm
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, left, speaks to a crowd of supporters alongside her husband Dean Gluesenka...
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, left, speaks to a crowd of supporters alongside her husband Dean Gluesenkamp during the Clark County Democrats election night watch party at a hotel in Vancouver, Wash., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian via AP)
(Taylor Balkom/The Columbian via AP)

Marie Gluesenkamp Pérez won the 3rd Congressional District, according to AP, with Pérez grabbing 50.8% of the vote compared to Joe Kent’s 49.2% as of Saturday evening. Pérez had a 4,500-vote lead by the time AP called the race.

“I am humbled, honored, and grateful. I pledge to work every day to live up to the responsibility placed in me,” Pérez said on social media following the announcement. “I will defend our rights. I will protect our democracy. And I will deliver the help working and middle class families need. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Washington state’s 3rd district developed into one of the most coveted seats for the House of Representatives this election.

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Kent is a former Green Beret who served 11 combat deployments before retiring from Special Forces to join the CIA before pivoting to politics. He has campaigned on the ideology of the U.S. becoming energy independent, with goals and plans to make this country a net energy exporter.

Pérez was born in Texas and earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed College in 2012. Before this election, the first of her political career, she was a business owner for nearly a decade. Her campaign has focused on limiting special interests groups and holding “party bosses” accountable for failing to solve the state’s biggest challenges. She also has stressed pro-abortion rights, affordable childcare, inflation, and taking on Big Pharma when campaigning.

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Pérez staves off Kent to win 3rd Congressional District seat