THE NATION: Pramila Jayapal is an immigrant-rights advocate who blends movement ideals with legislative skills.
An immigrant-rights advocate who merges movement idealism with a deep commitment on policy making, Jayapal jumped into a big lead as results were tabulated in the Seattle-area district where progressive Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott is retiring. Jayapal still faces a November race with one of two fellow Democrats who finished behind her in the initial returns.
“We’re building a movement that can clearly stake out a positive vision for the future of America at a time when too many people feel cynical about change, and when too many people are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” declared Jayapal, who was an outspoken activist before her 2014 election as a Washington state senator.
by John Nichols