With campaign season underway in full swing, there's been a ton of focus on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his antics. But there's a new player in town, and she's planning to take on not only the Trump rhetoric sweeping the nation but the larger topics at hand — fundamental voter issues like access to women's health care, ensuring debt-free college education, and expanding Social Security. She's State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, who announced a congressional bid on Thursday for Washington's newly vacated seat, hoping to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.
Jayapal's unique platform is a reflection of her own personal story. The state senator came to America after her parents raised enough money to send her from India at 16, when she attended Georgetown University. Since then, Jayapal has been heavily involved in civil rights causes and activism, including founding the immigrants' rights organization OneAmerica.