A packed City Council meeting in Tacoma last week was the latest proof that the fight for workers’ rights has begun to take a firm foothold beyond SeaTac and Seattle.
Pramila Jayapal will be sworn in as the next Washington State Senator representing the 37th Legislative District January 12. She will be Ranking Member on the newly established Government Accountability and Reform committee, as well as serving on the Transportation and Healthcare committees.
Mary I. Yu will also be also be sworn in the Washington Supreme Court ceremony for the administration of oath of office as a Justice.
Both will be sworn in at the Temple of Justice Courtroom, Olympia.
To the parents of Michael Brown, we send love, strength, solidarity, and a cushion for your heartbreak. I am the mother of a 17-year old boy. I cannot imagine the pain of Mr. and Mrs. Brown and I am so grateful for the leadership they have shown in spite of the pain and outrage they are feeling in this moment.
State Senator-Elect and National Immigration Reform Leader Pramila Jayapal Praises President Obama’s Leadership on Protecting Millions of Immigrant FamiliesNovember 20, 2014Press Release
SEATTLE— State Senator-Elect Pramila Jayapal, a national leader in immigration reform efforts and founder former Executive Director of the immigrant rights nonprofit OneAmerica, today praised President Obama’s expected Executive Order providing work authorization and legal status to millions of foreign-born immigrants.
WASHINGTON, DC: Pramila Jayapal, a well-known proponent for immigration reform and human rights, won the Democratic seat for State Senate in District 37 of Washington State.
The community leader, wife, and mother to a 17-year-old, hails from India, where she was born and raised. At the age of 16, she came alone to the US and worked her way towards earning a BA and an MBA from prestigious universities.
As of Friday, November 7, State Senate District 37 candidate Pramila Jayapal has earned 69.2 percent of the vote in her victory over Louis Watanabe (30.8 percent). Both candidates are members of the Democratic Party.
With the count well over 60 percent on election night, Senator-elect Jayapal had a brief message for her supporters: “I know I could not have done any of this without your love and support and I cannot thank you enough! I am honored and humbled to be celebrating this victory tonight. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!”
The general election results are in from Election Night Nov. 4, and there were almost an equal percentage of winners and losers in the API community.
Several API candidates win Representative and Senator positions
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson won Representative position no. 2 for Legislative District no. 33 by 55 percent of the votes.
Pramila Jayapal won the State Senator position for Legislative District no. 37 by 66 percent of the votes.
Supporters of Pramila Jayapal cheered after the first election results streamed in last night — giving Jayapal 66.3% of the vote and effectively making her the first Indian immigrant elected to the Washington State Legislature. Depending on the final tally of the 30th District results and Shari Song’s race, this race will also make Jayapal the only woman of color in the Washington State Senate.
Somewhere out beyond the edges of our emerald bubble is the world in which Republicans just took control of US Senate for the first time in eight years. We had little to do with that. Neither of Washington State's senators were up for election this season, and as a result, last night offered an excellent moment to stare inward and avoid the grim beyond. Here in this city, at least, voters are willing to wade into the confusing thicket of a two-step ballot question and eagerly vote to tax themselves—their precious property, even!—in order to fund the start of universal preschool.
In an outcome that many anticipated from the moment she announced her intentions to run, 37th District voters crowned Pramila Jayapal their new State Senator Tuesday night.
Jayapal, primarily known for her activism on immigration and police accountability issues, took nearly 67% of the vote to business professor and entrepreneur Louis Watanabe’s 33%.