Highlights from the debate on Crosscut.com:
Crowded field comes into focus in 7th Congressional District debate
After representing the 7th Congressional District for 28 years, Jim McDermott is retiring, opening the door for a new generation to represent one of the most liberal congressional districts in the nation. Who will it be?
KCTS 9 and Crosscut, in partnership with the University of Washington, present a one-hour debate with candidates vying to be among the two in the August 2nd primary election in order to advance to the November general election. KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna and journalists Joni Balter and Drew Atkins questioned the candidates about how they will represent the interests of the 7th Congressional District amid the gridlock and the challenges facing its citizens.
Join the conversation on Twitter by tagging @KCTS9 or @Crosscut and/or using the hashtag #WAVote2016. Viewers were provided an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates via KCTS9.org; through Facebook and Twitter; or live during the event as an audience member.
Pramila Jayapal is a member of the Washington State Senate representing the 37th District. She was elected to the post in 2014 and is the only woman of color in the state senate. Previously, she was the founder and director of OneAmerica, an immigration advocacy organization.
Arun Jhaveri is the former Mayor of Burien. He is a former regional manager for the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Energy. He received a doctorate in educational leadership and sustainability from Seattle University.
Joe McDermott is the current chair of the King County Council. He was elected to the county council in 2010 and represents District 8. Previously, he represented the 34th District in the Washington State House of Representatives for seven years and Washington State Senate for three years.
Leslie Regier is an independent running for 7th Congressional District seat.
Don Rivers is a longtime Seattle area resident. He has worked for King County Metro for 32 years. He is a community activist, environmental champion and transportation crusader.
Brady Piñero Walkinshaw represents the 43rd legislative district in the Washington State House of Representatives. He was appointed to the office in 2013 and then elected in 2014. He is a former Gates Foundation program officer and founded a non-profit in Honduras while there as a Fulbright scholar.