The Ocasio-Cortez Effect: Another Young Female Progressive Hopes To Beat Incumbent In Washington State


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Jessica Kramer Contributor
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A young, female progressive candidate is running against an incumbent Democrat in Washington’s 9th Congressional District.

Sarah Smith, a 30-year-old Kent resident running in a district that covers Seattle to Tacoma, was recruited to run against Democratic Rep. Adam Smith by Brand New Congress — the same progressive organization that urged Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run in New York. Sarah Smith is considered the underdog in her race, reported the Seattle Times.

She started campaigning on June 1, 2017, her campaign told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Sarah Smith has promoted herself as running “on the same slate as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” according to a reddit post she wrote on July 25. Ocasio-Cortez — the 28-year-old Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District — beat incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a June primary.

“You have generations of voters that are disenfranchised, that don’t feel heard. And finally we have candidates like myself and like Alex that aren’t taking corporate money, we’re not cuddling up to Wall Street, we’re not cozying up to the 1 percent,” Sarah Smith said, according to the Seattle Times. (RELATED: A Conservative Female Candidate Could Become The Youngest Woman Elected To Congress)

Her platform is similar to that of Ocasio-Cortez, promoting single-payer health care and government-funded college, and also refusing big money donations in campaigns, according to the Seattle Times.

She identifies herself as working class and formerly worked in administration at an auto garage.

Her opponent Adam Smith, 53, shares her priorities in terms of policy, co-sponsoring bills in the House for both single-payer health care and tuition-free public college, but has accepted $325,000 in corporate PAC money, according to the Washington newspaper.

Sarah Smith, like Ocasio-Cortez, has no previous political experience beyond supporting Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and volunteering with Brand New Congress.

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