Ep. 99: On Challenging a Democratic Incumbent from the Left – Sharlett Mena, Candidate WA-29th LD  


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Sharlett Mena is challenging Representative Steve Kirby, the long-time Democratic incumbent, in the 29th legislative district. The 29th covers much of South & East Tacoma, Parkland, and Lakewood. If elected she would join past show guest Melanie Morgan in representing the district.

Sharlett is the daughter of immigrant agricultural workers and is the first in her family to graduate from university. Her opponent Steve Kirby has represented the district since 2001.

She is currently a special assistant to the Director the Washington State Department of Ecology. Previously she worked for Governor Inslee advising on interstate affairs, and was a staffer for Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ).

We rapped about her decision to run, her campaign, and the policies she thinks working people in Washington deserve.

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