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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:37 PM

Former Sen. Margarita Prentice, 'a force' who fought for farmworkers, dies at 88

When Margarita Prentice (D) disagreed with you, you knew it.

“She let you have it,” said Mike Gempler, executive director of the Washington Growers League.

Incensed about child labor on Washington farms, Prentice, the first Latina elected to the Legislature, once called the practice the “moral equivalent of child pornography.” Growers, who felt they were offering job opportunities to kids, a summer tradition, were stung, Gempler said.

But over Sen. Prentice’s quarter-century in the Legislature, from 1988 to 2013, something unexpected happened: The fierce farmworker advocate developed a warm relationship with Gempler. She was interested in the success of growers as well as their employees and, despite disagreement over issues, would sometimes call just to see how Gempler was doing, he said.

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/obituaries/margarita-prentice-first-latina-elected-to-the-legislature-dies-at-88/

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 03:52 PM

1. So sorry

Didn't realize she was that old. RIP

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 04:04 PM

2. I don't know anything about her other than what was in the newspaper article,

but it sounds like she was a great legislator and a strong woman.

Also, thanks for all of the great posts that you make in the Washington Group. It's nice to know that the group is active.

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