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Lindsay Peyton
King County Councilmemer Joe McDermott got the endorsement of the 34th District Democrats at their meeting Feb. 10 in his run for the 7th Congressional District to replace Jim McDermott (no relation) who is retiring.

The 34th District Democrats endorse Joe McDermott

By Lindsay Peyton

The 34th District Democrats have endorsed Joe McDermott’s
bid to represent the 7th District of Washington in the U.S. Congress.

The group made the decision during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10. There were five candidates present for the occasion – all vying to take Jim McDermott’s seat after he retires this year.

State senator Pramila Jayapal said she would address income inequality and work to expand social security and medical care.

“I have spent the last 25 years of my life fighting for others to find their American dream,” she said. “All of the work I’ve done has been about expanding the middle class and having a vibrant democracy for all of us. I’m going to fight for you and be a strong progressive voice.”

Arun Jhaveri, who served as the first mayor of Burien, said his top priority would be addressing environmental concerns.

“My immediate attention would be climate change,” he said.

He also vowed to focus on building STEM education, stopping homelessness and creating affordable housing.

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