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Washington woman could become first Korean American woman in Congress

Marilyn Strickland is running for Congress in Washington.

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A woman who seeks to become the first Korean American woman in Congress won the endorsement of the Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund).

“We are delighted to support Marilyn Strickland’s historic congressional run, because few other candidates bring such a unique, community-based blend of both business expertise, as CEO of Seattle’s Chamber of Commerce, and practical governing experience, from her time as a highly effective, two-term Mayor of Tacoma,” said Irene Natividad, AAAFund Endorsements Co-Chair.

“Her reputation as a fierce advocate for the diverse constituency she served as Mayor – including a sizable Asian American community – as well as her leadership in guiding Tacoma out of the Great Recession has clearly shaped her brand of empathetic, thoughtful but hands-on leadership. We look forward to seeing her translate her experience in promoting public education, fighting for gun safety, and tackling climate change issues in Tacoma, Washington to Washington, D.C.,” Natividad adds.

Born in Seoul, Strickland comes from a military family and is the first Korean and African American elected mayor of Tacoma. She attended Tacoma Public Schools, holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Clark-Atlanta University. She is CEO of the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce.


“I am thankful to have their support in my journey to become the first Korean American woman in Congress,” Marilyn Strickland tweeted about her run in the 10th Congressional District of Washington.

“Marilyn Strickland absolutely deserves this endorsement,“ states Lua Pritchard, an Asian Pacific community Leader of Pierce County,“ given her ability to get things done, which shines through in the way she made investments directly in her community. Her priorities as Mayor focused on inclusivity: she helped bring high school graduation rates up, welcomed the LGBTQ constituency, raised the minimum wage, and passed paid sick leave. 
“In the difficult post-pandemic economy that will emerge in the coming years, we trust that, as a Congresswoman, Marilyn Strickland will continue to advocate for people and to help build an economy that works for everyone.”

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