Tax Attorney Plans on Taking on 12-term Congressman Jim McDermott
Seattle tax attorney Andrew Hughes has announced his candidacy for the 7th District Congressional seat held now by 12-term Congressman Jim McDermott.
Hughes said he will run a “robust campaign to unseat the entrenched McDermott” and that he will make tax fairness and equality a cornerstone of his campaign. He is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law with a masters degrees in tax law and international relations from the University of Washington and the London School of Economics.
The candidate says McDermott invested “10 percent of his personal assets” in a small Canadian vaccine maker whose stock skyrocketed in value” after Congress passed a bill “at a time of widespread fear about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and avian flu, for which ID Biomedical developed vaccines. Soon after, Hughes said, “McDermott subsequently sold his shares in (the company) for nearly three times what he paid.”
“This information is important for voters,” Hughes said. “It highlights how politicians believe they can live by their own set of rules. It’s time for a change.”
Hughes was born and raised in Poulsbo and is a 12-year resident of Seattle who lives in Ravenna with his wife Heidi, a Seattle University Law student.
The 7th District includes most of Seattle, all of Vashon Island, and portions of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien.