Marilyn Strickland, candidate for Congress in Washington’s 10th District, today released her first ad of the general election, a 30-second ad called “Recover Better”. The ad highlights Marilyn’s experience leading Tacoma out of the Great Recession as Mayor and her commitment to working with both parties to help the South Sound economy recover stronger than before. “Recover Better” begins airing today on broadcast and cable, and will air through Election Day.

“Marilyn is a proven leader who helped lead Tacoma out of the Great Recession, created thousands of jobs by helping small businesses, investing in infrastructure, attracting private investment and supporting the Port of Tacoma. Marilyn is ready to bring that leadership to Congress and will work with both parties to solve problems and help our country recover better,” said Andrew Orlebeke, Campaign Manager for Marilyn Strickland for Congress. “With voting set to begin in a matter of days, Marilyn has a clear path to victory, and we look forward to continuing to communicate with South Sound voters about her record of proven leadership and results.”

Marilyn has a growing and diverse coalition of support for her campaign. Local and national leaders and organizations supporting Marilyn include: former Washington Governors Christine Gregoire and Gary Locke; former Washington State Representative and former 10th CD candidate, Kristine Reeves; Congressman Derek Kilmer, WA-06; Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, WA-02; Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-01; Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands; Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma; the 2nd Legislative District Democrats; the 30th Legislative District Democrats; The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – Puget Sound Chapter; the Seafarers International Union; the Sailors Union of the Pacific; Laborer’s International Union of North America; the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Congressional Black Caucus PAC; ASPIRE PAC, the political arm of the Congressional Asian and Pacific American Caucus; the New Democrat Coalition Action Fund; House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn; and The AAPI Victory Fund. You can view the full list of endorsements here

If elected, Strickland will be the first African-American from the Pacific Northwest elected to Congress, and the first Korean-American woman to serve. Her first place finish in the August 4 primary election, and a general election survey of likely voters shows Marilyn with a strong lead and clear path to victory for November.

A full transcript of the ad follows:

Tacoma was reeling after the last recession.

As mayor, I knew that working with everyone was the only way we could turn things around.

Now, I’m running for Congress to work with both parties to help our nation recover and heal.

Support small business so they can rebuild and rehire employees.

Pass paid family leave.

Protect Social Security and Medicare.

And invest in the clean energy economy. 

I’m Marilyn Strickland. I approve this message, because working together, we can recover better than before.