State Rep. Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, who is running for the 7th Congressional District to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, is hosting a meet-and-greet event at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave.
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Walkinshaw, a 43rd District Democrat, grew up in Everson in rural Whatcom County, and graduated from Nooksack High School. He attended Princeton University to study public policy, then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study education systems in Honduras.
While abroad, he founded Proyecto Villa Nueva, a non-profit that fosters youth leadership to prevent violence in urban slums. He launched a career in international development, spending five years at the Gates Foundation, where his work focused on economic opportunity for small farmers.
In 2013, he was appointed to represent the 43rd district in the Washington State House. As a legislator, Walkinshaw sponsored ‘Joel’s Law,’ which helps families get emergency mental health treatment for loved ones in crisis. He has also sponsored bills to protect renters, to address the epidemic in heroin and opioid use, and to reform the criminal justice system.
He lives on Capitol Hill with his husband Micah Horwith, a Seattle native and a marine biologist with the State’s Department of Natural Resources.
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