WASHINGTON POST: Pramila Jayapal is a state senator running for Congress in Washington's 7th district, a Seattle-area seat being vacated by Rep. Jim McDermott (D). She's got the activist part down: The Indian American founded Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica) in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to buffer against anti-Muslim sentiment. She announced her run for Congress at the former home of Occupy Seattle. And she speaks a lot about gentrification, class disparity and the dangers of the rising "1 percent."
But first she's got to win a nine-way primary, including against a guy whose last name is the same as retiring McDermott and first name also begins with "J" (no relation). (Jayapal is considered one of the front-runners in Washington's primary system, which gives the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, a ticket to the general election.) Read the full article HERE.