Local Community Leaders Endorse Pramila Jayapal for Washington’s 7th Congressional District


April 7, 2016, Seattle, WA — Local community leaders and elected officials sign-on to endorse Pramila Jalyapal for Washington's 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by long-time U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.   This list of supporters represents elected leaders at the city, county, and state level, community, and nonprofit, as well as, individuals who have signed up on her website to show their support.

Elected leaders who are joining the list of endorsements for Sen. Jayapal include Washington State Representatives from the 33rd District Tina Orwall and Gerry Pollett, of the 46th legislative district and Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commissioner.

"We would be incredibly well represented in Congress by Pramila Jayapal. Pramila is inspirational and brings tremendous experience to represent residents across the 7th District.  She would be a leader in Congress from the day we elect her. Pramila is a has stood up in our State Legislature for access to higher education and how to eliminate the opportunity gap for so many of our children, which matters so much to the residents of the 7th Congressional District. I've worked closely with Senator Jayapal to develop and introduce the 'Washington Promise' to provide free community college to increase high school graduation college attendance in our state.”  Representative Gerry Pollett said about his endorsement.

He added, "I admire how Pramila has been willing to give years of her life in service, and encourage you to join in supporting her."

Fred Felleman, Commissioner, Port of Seattle said in response to his endorsement, “Pramila understands that environmental degradation disproportionately impacts disadvantaged communities and that it is essential to broaden the coalition of people who are committed to leaving a healthy legacy for their children.”

She has also garnered the support of local community leaders and activists like Greg Small, Estela Ortega, and John Gould.

Greg Small, Executive Director of Climate Solutions* said he endorses Pramila because, “at a time when our political system in DC is broken, we need creative problem solvers that organize people for action. Pramila is that kind of leader. I am deeply proud to endorse her for Congress.”

Pramila said in response to the endorsements, I’m proud to have the support of my fellow elected officials, community leaders, activists, and progressives here in Washington.  Together we can build a movement to make real progressive change for our district, our state and our nation.  I look forward to continuing to work with them in Congress.”

Pramila has also recieved the support of every local labor union that has endorsed in this race so far, as well as, EMILY’s List, Democracy for America, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington and numerous other organizations.

See the full list of new endorsements below:

  • State Representative Gerry Pollett, 46th LD
  • State Representative Tina Orwall, 33rd LD
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council Member 1st District
  • Adrienne Fraley Monillas, Councilmember, City of Edmonds
  • Hilda Thompson, Councilmember, Lake Forest Park
  • Keith Scully, Councilmember, Shoreline City Council
  • Greg Nickels, Former Mayor of Seattle
  • Charles Z. Smith, Retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice
  • Faith Ireland, Retired Washington State Supreme Court Justice
  • Estela Ortega, El Centro de la Raza*
  • Deborah Sioux Lee, former Commissioner, Washington State Human Rights Commission*
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising*
  • Makini Howell, Owner, Plum Bistro and Community Leader
  • Gregg Small, Climate Solutions*
  • Mark McDermott, Retired Director of Personnel, City of Seattle
  • Rahwa Habte, Community Leader
  • Cuc Vu, Director of Office of Immigrants and Refugees, City of Seattle*
  • Chris Stearns, Board President, Seattle Indian Health Board*
  • Justin Simmons, Past President, Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle*
  • John Gould, Community Leader and Children’s Advocate
  • Rene Murray, Community Leader and Children’s Advocate
  • John Burbank, Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Institute
  • Remy Trupin, Former Executive Director, Washington State Budget and Policy Center

*Indicates that this is for Identification Purposes only.