As Democrat after Democrat has jumped into the race for the 43rd Legislative District, current State Representative Brady Walkinshaw has stayed mostly quiet on who he thinks should replace him. Today—one day before ballots are mailed for the August 2 primary—he finally endorsed housing advocate Nicole Macri.
From Walkinshaw's statement:
Nicole has the qualities that will make her an effective, visionary, long-term leader in Olympia on issues that are central to our community today. She'll bring valuable practical experience and important policy perspectives for how to address the crises we face in housing, homelessness, addiction, and criminal justice. Nicole also builds the type of rapport we need in leaders. She'll be effective in finding common ground with colleagues of all backgrounds in Olympia, which is essential for representation from a District like ours.
Macri is currently deputy director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center. Walkinshaw is leaving his seat to run for Congress.
The 43rd District, which Walkinshaw called "one of the most progressive legislative districts in the state," covers Capitol Hill as well as downtown, Madison Park, Fremont, Wallingford, and part of the University District. It also has a long history of being represented by members of the LGBT community. Cal Anderson, Washington's first out gay legislator, was
elected by appointed in the 43rd in 1987. Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle's first gay mayor, previously represented the 43rd in the house and senate. Walkinshaw is gay; Macri is a lesbian.
"For decades, leaders from the 43rd have been central to advancing progressive causes—from civil rights to housing—and leading the Democratic party in Olympia," Walkinshaw said.
Last month, Macri also picked up the endorsement of her former opponent,trans rights activist Danni Askini.
The Stranger's endorsements—the only endorsements you need—come out tomorrow.
Original article from The Stranger: http://www.thestranger.com/slog/2016/07/12/24334024/brady-walkinshaw-endorses-nicole-macri-to-replace-him-in-state-house