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Candidate Profile: Pramila Jayapal

A look at Washington’s 7th Congressional District Candidates.

September 20, 2016

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 her opponent, Brady Piñero Walkinshaw. 


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Stephen Hegg

Stephen is a 25-year veteran of KCTS, producing a wide range of cultural and public affairs series, documentaries and arts programming.  His credits include PIE, Something in the Water  (PBS feature on Seattle’s indie music scene), the gala opening of Benaroya Hall, and documentaries on Asahel and Edward Curtis, Dan Sullivan and Doris Chase.  Seattle-born, Hegg is a graduate of Whitworth University and is also an accomplished violinist and avid cyclist.

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