Skip to comments.In Trump era, a sudden flood of women candidates
Posted on 11/13/2017 11:21:08 AM PST by Jagermonster
FINDING THE PATTERNS &NBSP; Virginia's House of Delegates nearly doubled its number of female lawmakers on Tuesday, while across the country, Democratic women won key mayoral and other races. Many say dismay over President Trump's election motivated them to run for office themselves.
WASHINGTONJennifer Carroll Foy is one resilient woman.
Three weeks after announcing her candidacy for the Virginia state legislature, Ms. Carroll Foy discovered she was pregnant with twins. That led to bed rest, and a very premature delivery. But she kept on running, and on Tuesday, she became one of 11 Democratic women to win Republican-held seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, bringing her party to the brink of a majority that few saw as even possible.
The Virginia house will go from 17 women out of 100 members to at least 28, with some races still undecided a display of female power that was no coincidence. Across the country, in Tuesdays off-year elections, women prevailed in many key races. In the Seattle suburbs, prosecutor Manka Dhingra won a special election for a Washington state senate seat flipping control of the chamber to the Democrats. Seattle also elected a woman as mayor, as did Manchester, N.H., where Joyce Craig will become the first woman ever to hold that position. Charlotte, N.C., just elected its first black female mayor, and New Jersey will soon seat the nations first black female Democratic lieutenant governor.
Since President Trumps election a year ago, women around the country have flooded political training programs, and many have declared candidacies. Tuesdays elections provided two clear takeaways for women thinking of running for office: Dont be afraid to take on incumbents, despite seemingly long odds (historically, incumbents win at least 90 percent of the time). And dont wait to...
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"New Jersey will soon seat the nations first black female Democratic lieutenant governor."
That's an awful lot of qualifiers. For some perspective --
In 1868, Oscar Dunn (R), became the first African-American Lieutenant Governor, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.
In 1940, Matilda Dodge Wilson (R) became the first female Lieutenant Governor, when she was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Michigan.
In 2002, Jennette Bradley (R), became the first female African-American Lieutenant Governor, when she was elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.
“The End is Near”.
Regrettably, I think we will find that a substantial number of those women running to “oppose” or “resist” the Trump agenda.
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