Immigration activist leads the race in Washington’s 7th district
Washington, DCUSINPAC co- hosted a reception in honor of visiting Washington State Senator & Candidate for US Congress, WA-07, Ms. Pramila Jayapal. The reception was held at the office of the National Education Association on September 20th, 2016. The host committee included Irene Bueno, Toby Chaudhuri, Katie Keith, MB Maxwell, Shekar Narasimhan, Robert Raben, Gautam Raghavan among other prominent Indian Americans in the Washington metro area.
Pramila Jayapal, visiting the East Coast as part of a very successful fundraising campaign, is outpacing her nearest contenders. According to a memo released by her campaign, “Jayapal also leads in every region of the district with voters of all ages.” Jayapal, among the first Congressional candidates to be endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, won the primary with a handsome margin and a win in the November elections would be truly historic. A win would make Jayapal the first Indian American woman to enter the US Congress.
Jayapal, described as a ‘firebrand progressive,’ has been fighting for racial justice and immigration reform, and had participated in writing a U.S. Senate path-to-citizenship bill that passed with bipartisan support in 2013. It was blocked in the House when Republican leaders would not permit a vote on it. Jayapal’s platform focuses on expanding the middle class, racial and environmental justice enveloping the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, women’s rights, immigration reform and forgiving college debt. Her message that “it doesn’t matter whether you’re black or brown or what zip code you live in, you grow up with the ability to have a dream and work hard to make it come true,” seems to be resonating within Washington’s 7th district, despite 76% of the electorate being white. The campaign credits the diversity among the hundreds of ‘door to door’ volunteers as its core strength.
There are three other serious Indian American contenders for a seat in the House this November; Ami Bera, the only Indian American in the current Congress, seeking reelection for the third term from California, Raja Krishnamoorthi from a suburb in Chicago and Ro Khanna from Silicon Valley.
Vikram Chauhan from USINPAC founding committee remarked, “USINPAC congratulates Pramila Jayapal on her successful campaign so far and looks forward to a win and seeing the first female Indian American join the US Congress this November.”
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