05/17/11 - WCF President/CEO Sam Bennett Announces Endorsed 2012 Candidates



May 17, 2011

CONTACT: Emily Caponetti

WCF President/CEO Sam Bennett Announces Endorsed 2012 Candidates

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Citing the need for more women leaders in government to fight back against the war on women, WCF President/CEO Siobhan “Sam” Bennett today announced the organization’s endorsement of 8 federal candidates seeking office in 2012.

“Anti-choice leaders in Congress have made it clear – the war on women is their number one priority. At WCF, we know the key to defeating these unprecedented attacks on women’s health is to send more women to Capitol Hill. We also know that supporting candidates early in their races is critical to the success of their campaigns. That’s why I am proud to announce WCF’s support for these 8 remarkable candidates as they seek office in 2012. This is a distinguished and diverse group of women who are committed to running top-notch campaigns. More so, they are committed to protecting women and families once they are elected. WCF is proud to stand with them.”

The following 2012 federal candidates have earned WCF’s endorsement:

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley: candidate for Nevada U.S. Senate seat
Former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick: candidate for AZ-01
Susan Bysiewicz: candidate for Connecticut U.S. Senate seat
Tarryl Clark: candidate for MN-08
Elizabeth Esty: candidate for CT-05
Lois Frankel: candidate for FL-22
Ann McLane Kuster: candidate for NH-02
Heather McTeer: candidate for MS-02

WCF endorses women leaders running for all levels of office, across the country and of any political party who pledge to support reproductive health choices and options for all. For more information on WCF’s endorsed candidates, visit wcfonline.org.


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