SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The chief executive of a motion picture production company is running as a Democrat for the Spokane-area U.S. House seat.

Rich Cowan, founder of North by Northwest Productions, is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

Cowan's company makes movies, documentaries, commercials and other media products. He has directed several of the movies. The Washington State University graduate has stepped down as CEO to run for Congress.

Cowan, 56, contends McMorris-Rodgers has aligned herself with GOP leadership and does not always vote in the best interests of the 5th District.

Copyright 2012 The AP.

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