Senator Murray Announces Participation in KIRO7 Seattle Town Hall with Tiffany Smiley

News | October 14, 2022

(Seattle, WA) — Today, the People for Patty Murray Campaign announced that Senator Patty Murray will participate in a live, one-hour Town Hall alongside her Republican opponent Tiffany Smiley. The Town Hall will air on KIRO 7 and on the station’s digital streaming platforms on Sunday, October 30, from 5-6 pm. The event will be hosted by Monique Ming Laven, KIRO 7 anchor. The candidates will answer live questions asked by Western Washington residents.

“I look forward to debating Tiffany Smiley in Spokane and I look forward to making the difference between me and my opponent even more clear just a few days later in Seattle,” said Senator Patty Murray. “This will be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes. I want voters in Washington state to understand there is a clear choice at the ballot box this fall. I will protect a woman’s right to choose, fight for the future of our democracy, and make sure we build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the very top.”

Senator Murray is also confirmed for a statewide U.S. Senate debate on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 p.m. PT at the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center at Gonzaga University in Spokane, in partnership with the Spokesman-Review and League of Women Voters. Senator Murray has also participated in joint editorial board meetings alongside Smiley with the News Tribune, Olympian, Tri-City Herald, and The Columbian. 

More about Patty:
Senator Murray currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and also serves as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations, Budget, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Murray made history as the first woman to chair both the Budget and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. 

In Congress, Patty has been a strong voice and effective advocate for working people and our kids and families. Murray’s first campaign ad highlighted her focus on building an economy that puts Washington state’s working people first, not giant corporations: middle-class tax cuts, American manufacturing, and lower everyday costs for families.

Most recently, Patty helped pass historic legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and health care while also delivering a landmark investment in clean energy and climate action. Patty is also a leader in the right to protect women’s health care, and recently the Washington Post characterized her as, “the single most effective Democratic combatant against Republican attempts to restrict abortion and otherwise roll back reproductive health-care rights on Capitol Hill.” 

Patty is one of the few leaders who has been able to deliver meaningful legislation to help people and solve problems. Last year, the New York Times noted Patty deployed the “legislative muscle and deep experience to deliver on [President Biden’s] bold promises” in passing the American Rescue Plan, which has helped the economy recover all of the jobs lost since the pandemic. 

Patty has a strong and especially notable record of negotiating major bipartisan solutions on veterans issues, the opioid crisis, workforce training and so much more–all while standing firm for progressive values. During the Trump administration, Murray helped negotiate the most comprehensive Congressional response to the opioid crisis and also passed historic bipartisan legislation to ban surprise medical bills into law.