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My name is Pramila Jayapal. I’m running for Congress because now is the time for a bold, progressive fighter.
The corporate and special interests have their voice in Washington, DC. What Congress needs is a progressive voice who is unafraid; who is willing to fight for you.
I am a fighter not for the one percent, but for working men and women; not for austerity, but social security; not for deportations and breaking up families, but building stronger middle class families; not for prisons, but public education, college debt relief and criminal justice reform.
I am an immigrant. And like so many immigrants before me, I am an American. I came to the United States from India when I was 16 years old—my parents took all the money they had, which was about $5,000 at the time, and used it to send me here to this country because they believed that this was the place I would get the best education and have the brightest future.
Like all parents, I am working to create a better, stronger future for our kids. I have used the opportunities that my parents gave me to lift others up. For the last 25 years, I have devoted my life’s work to fighting for everyday people—those people who don’t always know they have a champion.
My journey from India to Seattle taught me that while our democracy may be broken, it is up to us to fix it.
I am proud to stand up for the people in the 7th Congressional District and across Washington who demand respect, a fair shot, and a government that represents their interests.
I am running for Congress because I believe that it is US, the people, who can make the difference.
In the end, the powerful have their voice – I will be bold, I will be honest and I will demand justice. I will be your voice.