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AN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE CHASING POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS. HERE ARE 10 WORTHY CANDIDATES WHO ARE SEEKING TO EFFECT CHANGE AND ADVANCE BIPARTISAN PROGRESS
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.