Washington’s 7th Congressional District will have a new representative for the first time in 28 years, after longtime Rep. Jim McDermott (D) announced his retirement. Not surprisingly, two Democrats survived the August elimination round, since the 7th is regarded as Washington’s — and possibly the West’s — most liberal district. It has been held by a Democrat for all but two terms of its 57-year history.
State Senator Pramila Jayapal (D-37th) and State Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (D-43rd) face off. They are both new members of the state legislature; Jayapal was elected in 2014 and Walkinshaw was appointed to fill a vacant seat in 2013, and then elected in 2014.
Producer Stephen Hegg spent a few hours with each candidate as they were out on the campaign trail.
Click here to see the profile of Walkinshaw’s opponent, Pramila Jayapal.