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posted Friday, December 4, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 49
43rd District Rep. Brady Walkinshaw to run for Congress
Challenges Jim McDermott
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43rd District Rep. Brady Walkinshaw to run for Congress
Challenges Jim McDermott

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw announced on December 3 that he would challenge U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott in next year's primary election.

Walkinshaw was appointed to fill the vacancy in the 43rd Legislative District created when Jamie Pedersen went to the State Senate, replacing Ed Murray who was elected mayor of Seattle in 2013. Walkinshaw was then elected on his own in 2014.

While in Olympia, Walkinshaw compiled a progressive voting record, earning a 100% rating from the Washington State Labor Council.

His term will be up in 2016, but instead of running for a second term in the State House, Walkinshaw will run for the 7th Congressional District seat held by McDermott since 1988.

McDermott was a political fixture in Seattle before Walkinshaw was born. Elected to the State House for the 43rd District in 1970, McDermott ran for Governor in 1972, and then for the State Senate in 1974. After serving four terms in the Senate, he was elected to Congress in 1988, when Walkinshaw was four years old.

In 2014 McDermott was once again re-elected to Congress, with 81% of the vote.

McDermott has been one of the most progressive and pro-LGBT members of Congress. In 1990 he was the prime sponsor of the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS Act (HOPWA), which provided federal assistance for AIDS patients to secure decent housing.

McDermott was also one of the few congressmembers to oppose the U.S. invasion of Iraq from the beginning.

Walkinshaw said that while he and McDermott agree on many issues, it was time for 'new kinds of leaders' to emerge.

'I believe our region is at a pivotal moment,' Walkinshaw said in a statement.

'As I've listened to people throughout our region, almost everyone is dissatisfied with the direction of Congress. Our region, in the central Puget Sound, can be a stronger part of getting this country back on track. I'm running for Congress to offer a fresh start. We cannot expect a change in Washington D.C. unless we are willing to elect new kinds of leaders from Washington state. That's why I'm proud to announce my candidacy for Congress today to represent my home in Washington's Seventh Congressional District.'

In an interview with the Seattle Times, McDermott brushed off Walkinshaw's challenge.

'Around here, we've had a lot of people come in with no experience, and you see the good luck we've got,' McDermott said.

'You wouldn't give a Maserati to a 15-year-old,' he added. 'This is the government that runs the world.'

Walkinshaw has been endorsed by a number of state legislators, including State Sens. Cyrus Habib and Marko Liias, and State Reps. Jessyn Farrell, Cindy Ryu, Lillian Ortiz-Self, Strom Peterson, June Robinson, Joan McBride, Steve Bergquist, Laurie Jinkins, David Sawyer, and Mia Gregerson.

He has not been endorsed by his 43rd District colleagues Sen. Jamie Pedersen and House Speaker Frank Chopp, however.

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