Alex Alben

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Alex Alben (born 1958), American politician, author and technology executive, was a candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2004, a campaign which drew national attention because of the high tech district and the media personalities involved in the race, as noted by media coverage in The New York Times, "In a House Campaign With Personality, One Candidate Has the Microphone," June 12, 2004. He ran as a Democrat in the Eighth Congressional District of Washington. The seat was held by Republican Jennifer Dunn, who retired after Alben announced that he would run for the seat. It is now held by Republican Dave Reichert. Part of the Microsoft corporate campus is located within the district, which stretches from the affluent suburbs of Bellevue and Mercer Island to the rural areas of south King County and a swath of Pierce County. Since its creation, the seat has been held by Republican legislators.

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After graduating Stanford University in 1980, Alben began his career working for CBS News in New York as a research assistant to anchorman Walter Cronkite. He covered the 1980 Presidential campaign and the first Ronald Reagan inauguration. In 1981, Alben worked on the controversial CBS Reports Documentary, "The Uncounted Enemy, A Vietnam Deception," which sparked a $100 Million libel suit between General William C. Westmoreland and CBS News. The suit settled in 1985, with no payment, but a statement from CBS that...
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