Published On: Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

US Elections- Indian American Manka Dhingra wins Washington State Senate seat

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US VOTES LOGOSeattle(Wahington State) Indian American Manka Dhingra won a seat on the Washington State Senate from the 45th District in a special election. Her victory gives a majority to the Democratic Party in the legislature. She was  a former senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, She become the first Indian-American to win a seat in the state legislature, and also the first of Sikh ancestry to do so.For the Democratic Party, which heavily backed Dhingra’s race, this is a major win for the as it flips the state Senate majority in their favor putting all three states on the West Coast in the hands of the Democratics.Dhingra who fought on a platform of increasing funding to education, mental health, violence prevention, and protecting the rights of women, declared her run in February when the seat came vacant upon the death of Republican Andy Hill from lung cancer.

She is considered a mental health and crisis intervention expert, and has during her career, provided training to law enforcement personnel and recently started a collaborative effort with King County law enforcement agencies to coordinate response and help avoid tragedy; She also worked directly with Harborview Hospital, mental health professionals and the courts to improve criminal justice outcomes for mentally ill individuals—seeking to close the revolving door of jail, homelessness, and crime.She is a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness- Eastside, and received the organization’s highest award earlier this year, according to her website.She holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She became a prosecutor with King County January 2000.She is married to Harjit Singh, a “Distinguished Engineer” at SpaceX, and has two children.

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