Film company CEO to oppose McMorris Rodgers

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A local film director says he's ready for a career change.

Rich Cowan, president and CEO of North by Northwest, a Spokane-based film production company, said Friday that he's decided to run for Congress this year against U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane.

Cowan, a Democrat from Spokane, said he will resign Thursday from the film company he's led since 1990 to focus on his campaign.

"This is a serious race," he said. "Right now Congress is broke and we need to fix it."

Cowan, 56, was born in Spokane but grew up mostly in Kirkland, Wash. He graduated from Washington State University and moved back to Spokane.

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