State Senator Pramila Jayapal and State Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw are the top two primary election candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District. Jayapal led the field with more than 40 percent of the vote while Walkinshaw received 21 percent. How will Jayapal maintain momentum heading into the General Election? What does Walkinshaw have to do now to close the gap? Both are progressives, but what issues set them apart? KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna talks with both candidates about what they think makes them the best candidate to represent the 7th Congressional District.
Editor's note: About an hour after we recorded our interview with Pramila Jayapal on Thursday morning, King County Council member Joe McDermott, who came in third in the primary election, endorsed Brady Walkinshaw. In response, Jayapal’s campaign issued the following statement:
“Pramila remains committed to representing this district with her bold progressive leadership that will reshape our government into one that lifts all of us up without tearing anyone down. She is excited and honored to have received a remarkable 42% of the vote in a nine-way primary, more than the combined number of votes of her two closest opponents. She believes her message and track record of progressive results will continue to resonate with voters, and she is ready to do what worked for her in the primary — having conversations with voters at their doors and on the phone about her vision for opportunity for all residents of the 7th Congressional District. She remains committed to ensuring we address income inequality in our region, expand social security and Medicare, invest in free college for young people, and address the crisis of climate change. She’s proud to have delivered results right here at home for the past 25 years, and looks forward to bringing her strong track record of leadership, values, and results to Congress.”
The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.
Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.More stories by Enrique Cerna