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Jim McDermott Speaks Out

The retiring 7th District congressman voices his concerns and hopes.

November 22, 2016

McDermott (left) speaks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna.

After 28 years in Congress, Jim McDermott’s long political career is winding down. In a Vote 2016 conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, the retiring 7th District congressman voices his concern about the election of Donald Trump, what he sees as the political challenges ahead for the Democratic Party and for his successor in Congress, Pramila Jayapal. The veteran Congressman also reflects on his legacy as he is leaves the political world of Washington D.C.


Enrique Cerna

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.

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