In the race to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Jim McDermott in Washington state’s 7th District, which includes Edmonds, State Rep. Brady Piñero Walkinshaw will advance to the general election in November.
Walkinshaw and Joe McDermott (no relationship to Jim McDermott) had been locked in a battle for second place — behind frontrunner Pramila Jayapal — in early returns, but McDermott conceded the race Friday afternoon. Jayapal, Walkinshaw and McDermott all are Democrats.
Walkinshaw was the only 7th District candidate to make an official appearance in Edmonds prior to the primary, and he received some early endorsements from local elected officials, including Mayor Dave Earling and State Rep. and former Edmonds City Councilmember Strom Peterson.
“I am excited to carry our positive progressive vision for the Pacific Northwest into the general election,” Walkinshaw said. “We need leadership that believes climate change will be a defining issue for the next generation of progressive leaders, and who will work together to deliver real results at home from transportation to housing. This district demonstrated today that it is ready for a new generation in Congress, and I am honored to have the support of so many voters in this community.”