State Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43), the heir apparent to departing state Sen. (and Seattle mayor-elect) Ed Murray's seat in the senate, has officially endorsed Brady Walkinshaw, a relative newcomer to the district, to replace him.
Walkinshaw is running for the position against 43rd District chair Scott Forbes and King County employee Cristina Gonzalez, who served on the city's Families and Education Levy oversight committee and is the chair of the board of Seattle Education Accesss, a non-profit that helps low-income students get into college.
In a Facebook post this weekend endorsing Walkinshaw, Pedersen wrote:
After much consideration, I have decided to endorse Brady Walkinshaw for the appointment to the 43rd district seat in the House that I will soon vacate. Brady brings years of experience as a collaborative leader: as a program officer at the Gates Foundation; the founder of Proyecto Villa Nueva (a nonprofit to help youth in Honduras); a member of the board of trustees at Princeton University; and a member of the Campaign Board for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and the organizing committee for Fighting for the Majority, our LGBT community effort to support House and Senate Democrats. Brady is the son of a Cuban immigrant mother who teaches English language learners, and an organic vegetable farmer father. He grew up in rural Whatcom county and spent his summers picking raspberries, which is part of the reason that he has connected with and won the endorsements of a diverse group of House Democrats. I am incredibly impressed by his organizational and networking skills: in the past few months, he has recruited 61 new precinct committee officers to the 43rd district. I think that Brady is the candidate who will be the most effective advocate for higher education, social justice and other progressive values on behalf of our district, and hope to serve with him in the legislature. You can learn more about him at http://www.bradywalkinshaw.com/.
Pedersen and Speaker Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford) will both be at an event for pro-Walkinshaw PCOs, along with former city council member Tina Podlodowski and state Reps. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34) and Luis Moscoso (D-1) next Monday.
The 43rd District's Precinct Committee Officers will make their picks among the three candidates for 43rd District Representative shortly after Thanksgiving. Those names will then go to the King County Council, which traditionally selects the candidate with the highest number of PCO votes.