For Immediate Release

Pramila Jayapal Congressional Campaign Announces Several New Endorsements

May 20, Seattle, WA - A broad and diverse group of community and elected leaders have announced their recent endorsements of Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal in the race for Washington's 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by long-time U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott.

Congressman Keith Ellison, Congresswoman Grace Meng, Washington State Senator Maralyn Chase, State Representative Noel Frame, and Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien now join a total of 34 current and former elected officials from the U.S. Congress, Washington State Senate and Washington State House, and local city councils across the 7th Congressional District. In addition, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) also just announced its endorsement of Pramila’s campaign.

"Pramila is clearly the most qualified and experienced candidate in this race" said Sen. Chase.

“I have worked with Pramila for years, and I know she will be relentless in fighting for our values in the U.S. Congress." said Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. "Knowing that Pramila may represent me in Congress gives me hope that things might change for the better.”

Elected officials and community leaders who have recently endorsed Jayapal include the following (organizations are included for identification purposes only):

  • Congressman Keith Ellison - Minnesota, 5th Congressional District
  • Congresswoman Grace Meng - New York, 6th Congressional District
  • Maralyn Chase - State Senator, 32nd Legislative District
  • Noel Frame - State Representative, 36th Legislative District
  • Mike O’Brien - Seattle City Councilmember
  • Gerhard Letzing - Executive Director of Washington State Association for Justice (formerly Trial Lawyers)
  • Wendy Davis - Former Texas State Senator and leader on women’s reproductive rights
  • Dwight Pelz - Former WA State Democratic Party Chair
  • Stephanie Bowman - Port of Seattle Commissioner and Executive Director, WashingtonABC
  • Greg Shaw - Senior Director, Microsoft; former Publisher of Crosscut
  • Michael Ramos, Executive Director, Church Council of Greater Seattle*  

Senator Jayapal also announced the recent endorsement of her campaign from the following organizations:

  • 32nd LD Democrats - Sole endorsement
  • 33rd LD Democrats - Sole endorsement
  • Inland Boatmen's Union
  • International Longshore & Warehouse Union, Local 19
  • Central Puget Sound Carpenters, Local Union 30
  • United Association Sprinkler Fitters Local 699

Including the four unions listed above, Senator Jayapal has now received the endorsement of 20 labor unions in total.   

This support, combined with a strong field organization, plus solid fundraising numbers -- Jayapal has to date raised over $800,000, puts the campaign in an excellent position leading up to the August 2nd Primary.