DelBene's First Ad Aims For Voter Recognition

Democrat Suzan DelBene isn't short on funding or high-profile endorsements, but she's aiming to increase her name recognition in Washington state's newly drawn 1st Congressional District with a new ad ahead of the state's Aug. 7 primary.

The former Microsoft executive, who ran unsuccessfully in the old 8th District in 2010, needs to boost her numbers and name recognition in the realigned district.

The 30-second spot touts DelBene's middle-class background as she promises to fight to give others the same opportunities she had. The candidate closes the ad by saying she is "running for Congress to rebuild the middle class with real results, invest in education, infrastructure, the next generation — just like people before did for me."

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that DelBene has injected $300,000 of her own funds into the race and boasts endorsements from the Teamsters, Boeing Machinists, Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Darcy Burner, twice the 8th District Democratic nominee, leads in early primary polling.