Soon after Jim McDermott announced he would not seek re-election earlier this month, Pramila Jayapal started getting emails about her potential interest in the soon-to-be-open 7th Congressional District seat.

“It took me probably at least 24 hours to really believe that I might think about it,” she said.

Those thoughts became reality on Thursday afternoon, when the 37th District state senator and national advocate for human rights announced her bid for the open seat in front of a raucous crowd of supporters at Seattle Central College.

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