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45th State Senate Race

On November 7th, Washington has the opportunity to lead the country on health care, environmental protections, and reproductive freedom by electing Manka Dhingra to our State Senate. Right now, Republicans hold a one-seat majority in the Senate, which means that for the past four years Washington state has not acted as the proactive leader it should be. Instead, we have had to focus on defeating bad bills that attack our rights and health care access.

Manka Dhingra, a Sikh Indian immigrant who moved to the U.S. at 13 years old, is a long-time community leader, fighting on the Eastside for education, women’s rights and safe communities. In contrast, her opponent, Jinyoung Lee Englund, a third-generation Korean American, is a Republican political operative who got her start at the Heritage Foundation, an organization bent against the LGBTQ community and wrong on sex education, climate change and gun violence. Her mentors have included current Trump cabinet member, Elaine Chao and Trumpcare champion, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

This election is momentous. As the demographics of the Eastside change, Asian Pacific Islanders make up 59% of the foreign born population in the Eastside and this community will continue to grow. Both Asian identified candidates reflect the tripling of the ethnic Asian population in the 45th district since 2000-- and that is huge. Our government must reflect our communities and we know that Manka will not only represent the large immigrant population on the Eastside, but she will advocate and stand up for those communities, too.   

Together, we can make history by electing a strong woman of color to the Washington State Senate.


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NOTICE TO VOTERS: This advertisement is not authorized or approved by any candidate.  It is paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii - PO Box 21544 Seattle, WA 98111.