UPDATE: Jayapal officially announced her candidacy this afternoon in a crowded room filled with supporters at Seattle Central Community College.
She got a rock star feting from her supporters, including her husband, United Food and Commercial Workers union leader Steve Williamson who emceed the event. Jayapal’s liberal colleague, state senator David Frockt, also spoke. Frockt said Jayapal had “the whole game,” referring to the fact that he believed her progressive politics were matched with the ability to get into “the nitty gritty” of politics and get things done. An example, hyped by another speaker, a reproductive rights activist, was Jayapal’s IUD bill (getting state Medicaid to cover reversible contraception) which Jayapal managed to get through last session from her position in the minority party in the state senate.