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Indian-American Pramila Jayapal wins Washington open primary in 7th Congressional District seat

Jayapal, 50, took a commanding lead on August 2, in Tuesday's vote count in the race to replace retiring Representative Jim McDermott

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Pramila Jayapal. Image source: southseattleemerald.com
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  • Jayapal, a Democrat, was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore
  • She had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November 8 general election
  • The 7th District includes most of the Seattle, Vashon island, some south-west suburbs of King county and a bit of Snohomish county

In Washington’s 7th Congressional District seat, an Indian-American politician Pramila Jayapal has won an open Congressional primary. This means that she could become the first from the community to be elected to the US House of Representatives.

Jayapal, 50, took a commanding lead on August 2, in Tuesday’s vote count in the race to replace retiring Representative Jim McDermott, The Seattle Times reported.

Jayapal, a Democrat, was born in India and raised in Indonesia and Singapore. She had 38 percent of the vote and will advance to the November 8, general election.

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McDermott and State Representative Brady Walkinshaw were neck and neck behind Jayapal, McDermott with 21.5 per cent and Walkinshaw with 20.9 per cent.

Brady Walkinshaw. Image source: www.advocate.com
Brady Walkinshaw. Image source: www.advocate.com

“We’re building a movement that can clearly stake out a positive vision for the future of America at a time when too many people feel cynical about change, and when too many people are struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table,” Jayapal, a Democrat who has represented the 37th legislative district in the Washington State Senate since 2015, said on Tuesday night.

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Jayapal is also an activist. She founded “Hate Free Zone” after the September 11 attacks in 2001 as an advocacy group for Arabs, Muslims, and South Asian Americans targeted in the wake of the attacks. It changed its name to “OneAmerica” in 2008.

With their battle too close to call, Joe McDermott and Walkinshaw both said they were looking forward to taking on Jayapal in November.

Six other candidates- Democrats Arun Jhaveri and Donovan Rivers, Republicans Scott Sutherland and Craig Keller, and independents Leslie Regier and Carl Cooper – each had no more than 9 percent of the vote.

The 7th District includes most of the Seattle, Vashon island, some south-west suburbs of King county and a bit of Snohomish county. (IANS)

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Badshah was interacting with the media at the launch of Star Plus channel’s forthcoming reality show along with singer Sunidhi Chauhan on Monday.

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Talking about it, he said: “Rapping along with dance and stand-up comedy is not taken seriously as an art form in India and this misconception should change.”

“That is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to be a judge on the show. But apart from that, I’m here to have fun as well, and have a better connection with the audience,” he added.

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The rapper is also gearing up to produce Bollywood and Punjabi movies and also launching a web series soon through his production house.

Talking about the future of the digital platform, Badshah said: “I think it (digital media) is the future, so it’s very important for any production house right now to concentrate on digital media.”

Sunidhi and Badshah will be judging the second season of the reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani”, along with Bollywood singer and composer Pritam.

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The show, which first aired in January 2017, provides a platform for people from all over the world and of varying age groups to showcase their talent in Indian music. (IANS)