Congressman Mark Takano endorses Joe McDermott

Congressman Mark Takano endorses Joe McDermott in the race for the 7th Congressional District

Seattle, WA (June 1, 2016) — King County Councilmember Joe McDermott today received the endorsement of Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), Congressional Progressive Caucus Vice Chair and LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair.

“As the son of school teachers, I couldn’t be more proud to have a long time classroom teacher and accomplished Congressional leader endorse our campaign,” said Joe McDermott.

Rep. Takano was first elected to Congress in 2012 after more than two decades teaching high school in California’s Inland Empire and serving on the Board of Trustees for the Riverside Community College District. An accomplished and dedicated public servant at home, Rep. Takano has turned his effectiveness for the people of his district into leadership in Congress. He helped create, and co-chairs, the Equality PAC, which supports LGBTQ candidates for office and delivers for America’s students and veterans in the House committees on Education and Workforce and Veterans’ Affairs.

“Joe has an impressive 15-year track record of delivering proven progressive results for the state of Washington, and I’m excited to help get him to Congress to continue that work,” said Congressman Takano. “Leadership on reducing carbon emissions, passing real campaign finance reform and securing rights and protections for the LGBTQ community – you name it and Joe’s done it in Washington state. We need members of Congress like Joe back in Washington D.C. to help us not just talk about the important challenges we face, but actually solve them.”

“Congressman Takano has a career of public service focused on delivering results for his constituents and families across America. I respect and value his leadership and look forward to joining him in Congress to tackle important issues facing working families in our country,” added McDermott.

McDermott lives in West Seattle with his husband Michael. He currently serves as the Chair of the King County Council and has previously represented the 34th Legislative District in both the Washington House and Senate. Joe is a current board member for Sound Transit and the King County Board of Health where he recently served as Chair. His civic activities and memberships include the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Vashon Allied Arts, the Highline Historical Society, and the Greater Seattle Business Association.