- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state representative is planning to run for U.S. House in the state’s 3rd Congressional District after previously announcing a campaign for lieutenant governor.

Democratic Rep. Jim Moeller will challenge incumbent Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler instead of continuing to run in a crowded field for lieutenant governor, spokeswoman Janet James said Thursday. Moeller’s decision comes before a Friday deadline to file for office.

Moeller, of Vancouver, was first elected to Washington’s House in 2002. He has presided over the House as the speaker pro tempore since 2010, moderating floor debate among other duties.

Before his time in Olympia, Moeller spent eight years on the Vancouver City Council.

Beutler was first elected to Congress in 2011. The 3rd Congressional District includes Vancouver and a swath of Southwest Washington.

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