August 25, 2020
Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Marilyn Strickland for Congress
Strickland Continues to Build Diverse Coalition of Support from Local and National African-American and Asian-American Leaders
TACOMA, WA – Former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced today that the members of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC (CBC PAC) have endorsed her campaign to represent Washington’s 10th Congressional District. The CBC PAC works to increase the number of African Americans in Congress, support non-Black candidates that champion its priorities, and promote African American participation in the political process. There are currently 55 African Americans in Congress, comprising the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history.
The endorsement by CBC PAC comes following Strickland’s strong first-place finish in the August 4 primary election. If elected, Strickland would be the first African American to represent Washington State in Congress, and the first Korean American woman elected to Congress in history.
“The members of the Congressional Black Caucus work every day to fight the polarization in Washington, D.C. and protect America’s middle class for generations to come. I am honored to have the support of these incredible leaders in Congress who have helped make real, positive change for families around our country,” said Strickland. “I look forward to working with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus to fight for economic opportunity, fairness, and justice for all Americans.”
“CBC PAC is proud to endorse Marilyn because she is a proven leader with a broad base of support,” said Yolonda Addison, CBC PAC Executive Director. “Her dedication to passing and advocating for policies that improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of color, is what will help us get back on track as a nation.”
Strickland continues to build a broad coalition of support among local and national African-American and Asian-American organizations and leaders including: the Collective PAC; Higher Heights for America PAC; Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Puget Sound Chapter; Democrats for Diversity and Inclusion; CAPA21 PAC; Asian-American Action Fund; AAPI Victory Fund; Korean-American Democratic Committee; Asian Americans for Good Government PAC; Korean Americans for Organizing Fund; Vietnamese Community of Tacoma Pierce County; former Washington Governor Gary Locke; former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice; former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims; Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma; Lyle Quasim, Co-chair, Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective; Lyn Idahosa, Executive Director, Federal Way Black Collective; Lyn Idahosa, Executive Director, Federal Way Black Collective; Thelma Jackson, Co-founder, Black Alliance of Thurston County; Grover Johnson, Founder, National Association of Minority Contractors WA; Thomas Dixon, President Emeritus, Tacoma Urban League; Rev. Gregory Christopher, President, Tacoma NAACP; and Ollie Garrett, President, Tabor 100. Strickland has also earned the endorsements of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 612 and 302, the Seafarers International Union, and the Sailors Union of the Pacific, as well as elected and community leaders across the region, state, and country. You can view the full list of endorsements here.