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I have spent the last several months talking to thousands of people at their doors in Seattle, Skyway, and Renton. I’ve gone to dozens of endorsement interviews—with business and labor, with newspapers like The Seattle Times and The Stranger, with environmental and women’s rights organizations. The good news: we do agree on some big pieces of what we want from state government.
Immigration activist Pramila Jayapal not only won convincingly in the primary for state Senate seat 37 in South Seattle, Washington, Aug. 5, she received more votes than all of her five opponents combined.
Pramila Jayapal is a candidate with connections, and on Tuesday she connected with 37th District voters.
The former executive director of OneAmerica, the group fighting for immigration reform, took more than 51 percent of the vote in a six-candidate field to succeed retiring state Sen. Adam Kline in the South Seattle district.
She will face college teacher and activist Louis Watanabe in November.
Ready for a rest after a campaign that put her more than 30 percentage points ahead of her closest competitor, and with the general election still to go, Pramila Jayapal isn’t diving into details of her plan of attack in the state Senate just yet. But she’s got some long-term plans for sure, and they’re of Herculean proportions. Or maybe Sisyphean.
Everyone says roughly 60 languages are spoken in southeast Seattle's 37th Legislative District. But only two voices will prevail after the primary election on August 5.
Six candidates want to replace retiring state Sen. Adam Kline, who has represented the heavily Democratic area for 17 years. The liberal, blue-collarish 37th curls around southwestern Lake Washington from the Seattle University area and Madison Street all the way down to Renton, and it's one of the most multi-cultural parts of Washington.