DFA Backs Manka Dhingra in Key Washington Senate Special Election

Today, Democracy for America (DFA) endorsed Manka Dhingra in her campaign for State Senate in Washington’s 45th Legislative District. Dhingra’s election would flip the Washington State Senate from Republican to Democratic control. Currently, Democrats have the majority in the Washington House of Representatives and hold the state’s governorship.

Democracy for America Electoral Director Annie Weinberg on the endorsement:

“Manka Dhingra has an impressive track record of putting her progressive values into action in service of the community, from her prosecutorial work in therapeutic rehabilitation to founding an organization to address domestic violence to leading an initiative to fight back against hate crimes and Islamophobia.

"Winning this seat and flipping control of the Washington State Senate is the first step in wresting back control of state governments from conservative dominance across the country. Manka Dhingra can count on Democracy for America members to have her back as she leads the charge in one of the most important campaigns in the nation this year.”

Manka Dhingra is a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she is chair of the Therapeutic Alternative Unit. She also co-founded Chaya, an organization to end domestic violence in the South Asian Community.

Democracy for America is a member-driven, people-powered progressive PAC with more than one million members nationwide committed to taking on income inequality, money in politics, and structural racism. Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $40 million and made more than 11.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 916 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA has 70,996 members in Washington State. During 2015-2016 election cycle, Democracy for America led field trainings in Washington for over 150 local grassroots leaders, embedded field staff for state legislative races, and endorsed 11 candidates in Washington State, including Pramila Jayapal, for whom DFA members raised $67,778.71 with more than 11,000 contributions.

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