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Meet 10 for­ward­think­ing can­di­dates vy­ing for of­fice in this month’s midterm elec­tions

STACEY ABRAMS (D) For Gov­er­nor, Ge­or­gia

Abrams is the first black­woman (fromei­ther party) towin the nom­i­na­tion to run for gov­er­nor of Ge­or­gia. The lib­eral- lean­ing for­mer state leg­is­la­tor hopes her vic­tory rep­re­sents a turn­ing point in the typ­i­cally con­ser­va­tive state. “We are writ­ing the next chap­ter of Ge­or­gia’s his­tory,” she said the night of her win.

ANGIE CRAIG (D) For U. S. House, Min­nesota

Craig spent three years in a cus­tody case that helped es­tab­lish same-sex cou­ples’ right to adopt in Ten­nes­see. Now her four sons think it’s cool that she could be the first openly les­bian­mom in Congress. “Our sons need to see­women play an im­por­tant and equal role in so­ci­ety,” says the for­mer­med­i­cal-tech­nol­ogy ex­ec­u­tive, who pri­or­i­tizes af­ford­able health care, re­pro­duc­tive rights, and pay eq­uity.

VERON­ICA ES­CO­BAR (D) For U. S. House, Texas

The for­mer county judge, who could be­come the first Latina from Texas in Congress, prom­ises to be an ad­vo­cate for im­mi­gra­tion re­form. “If I ex­pect an am­bi­tious, eth­i­cal gov­ern­ment, then I’d bet­ter step up and fight for that,” she says.

ALMA HER­NAN­DEZ (D) For State House, Ari­zona

Her­nan­dez sees her Mex­i­canJewish back­ground as a chance to bridge both com­mu­ni­ties, as she did re­cently by do­nat­ing $ 1,500worth of food and hy­giene prod­ucts to a shel­ter on theu. S.Mex­ico bor­der through her ac­tivist group, Tucson Jews for Jus­tice. “I am­proud of who I am,” she says. “We [need to] un­der­stand that we’re all hu­mans.”

CHRISSY HOULA­HAN (D) For U. S. House, Penn­syl­va­nia

While cam­paign­ing to break up the largest all- male del­e­ga­tion in the coun­try, the for­mer Air Force cap­tain dis­cov­ered a group of nine other fe­male Army, Navy, Ma­rine, and­ci­avet­eran can­di­dateswho text each other for sup­port. “This new for­mof ser­vicewe’re do­ing is a call to ac­tion that’s stronger than any­thing else I’ve felt inmy ca­reer,” she says.

YOUNG KIM (R) For U. S. House, Cal­i­for­nia

Th­e­southko­rean im­mi­grant and small- busi­ness own­er­wants to fo­cus on im­prov­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, low­er­ing taxes, and in­creas­ing Steme­d­u­ca­tion fund­ing by reach­ing across the aisle in­congress. “Both sides are to­blame [for par­ti­san grid­lock],” the for­mer state leg­is­la­tor says. “We need new­per­spec­tives in­wash­ing­ton, and [I want to] provide­peo­ple­with the op­por­tu­ni­ties they need to suc­ceed, just like I had­when I came here as a young girl.”

ALEXAN­DRIA OCA­SIO- CORTEZ (D) For U. S. House, Newyork

The first-time can­di­date and Demo­cratic so­cial­ist­was thrust onto the na­tional stage af­ter her up­set pri­ma­ry­win in June. The 29-year- old sup­port­smedi­care for all, tu­ition-freep­ub­lic col­lege and trade school, and crim­i­nal-jus­tice re­form. She is set tomake his­tory as the youngest­woman ever in­congress. “This is not an end; this is the­be­gin­ning,” she said in her pri­ma­ryvic­tory speech. “This na­tion is never be­yond rem­edy. Wewill be here, andwe are go­ing to rock the­world in the next two years.”

CRISTINAOSMEÑA (R) For U. S. House, Cal­i­for­nia

Os­meña, whowould be the first Filip­ina- Amer­i­can to serve in Congress if elected, says she’s a “rad­i­cal mod­er­ate” who backs lower taxes and a strong­mil­i­tary as well as im­mi­gra­tion re­for­mand a woman’s right to choose. “Peo­ple [think they] dis­agree­with this scar­let ‘ R’ [for Repub­li­can] I’mwear­ing, but what they ac­tu­ally don’t agree­with is Trump,” she says. “I would like to in­spire other leg­is­la­tors to lead based on their own con­science rather than sub­mit to the plat­form­sof one party or the other.”

AYANNA PRESS­LEY (D) For U. S. House, Massachusetts

Af­ter a sur­prise pri­ma­ry­win in Septem­ber, Press­ley is poised to be the first black­woman fromher state in­congress. Un­like­many can­di­dates this year, she has­worked in pol­i­tics her en­tire ca­reer, now­promis­ing to sup­port Medi­care for all, gun safety, and de­fund­ing ICE.

JACKY ROSEN( D) For U. S. Se­nate, Ne­vada

The­con­gress­woman, whowas tar­geted bypres­i­dent Trump in a now-vi­ral speech, prefers to see her name in the head­lines for her ac­com­plish­ments serv­ing the Houseof Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. One such feat was help­ing to­get a bill passed that re­quires pub­licly traded com­pa­nies to re­port sex­ual ha­rass­ment. “I’mproud that I can be a role model formy daugh­ter and for young women across this coun­try—to not be afraid to­be­bold and try some­thing,” she says.

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