State Rep. Deb Wallace (D) has entered the race for retiring Rep. Brian Baird's (D-Wash.) seat.

“Our country faces some of its greatest challenges it has ever encountered and we are in the toughest economic climate I have seen in my generation. Now is the time for leaders in Washington, D.C, who are ready to roll up their sleeves, reach across party lines and tackle these challenges head on,” Wallace said.

Wallace is the first Democrat to officially join the race since Baird announced his retirement Wednesday. Others interested include state Sen. Craig Pridemore and state Rep. Jim Moeller.

On the GOP side, state Rep. Jaime Herrera is expected to join the three Republicans already running.

The district went 53-45 for President Obama in 2008 and is expected to be a battleground.