SEATTLE - The two candidates vying to succeed Jim McDermott, who forged a reputation as one of the most liberal members of Congress while representing Seattle for nearly 30 years, tout their progressive accomplishments as they try to distinguish themselves to voters.
Brady Walkinshaw and Pramila Jayapal are both Democratic state lawmakers, Walkinshaw having been appointed to the House in 2013 and Jayapal elected to the Senate in 2015.
Jayapal is pushing for a single-payer health care system run by the government to reduce costs and increase access, favors increasing the federal minimum wage and wants to find a way to move the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country toward citizenship. Walkinshaw wants to ban fossil fuel extraction on federal lands and offshore and wants to tax carbon emissions to develop alternative energy sources to deal with climate change.
The 7th Congressional District encompasses much of Seattle and reaches north past Edmonds and south to Normandy Park and Vashon Island.
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