The Seattle Times: Lawmaker, immigrant-rights activist Jayapal runs for McDermott’s Congress seat


State Sen. Pramila Jayapal, a national leader among immigrant-rights advocates, has added her name to the growing list of contenders to succeed retiring 14-term U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.

Jayapal, D-Seattle, announced her candidacy to a cheering crowd of supporters Thursday afternoon at Seattle Central College in a speech that traced her own life as an immigrant, activist and elected official.

She said she’ll fight to raise the minimum wage, ensure debt-free college, expand social programs and oppose deportations that break up immigrant families — while also speaking out against a tide of anti-foreigner rhetoric.

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