April 28, 2013

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Women’s Campaign Fund Announces Eight New Game Changers

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) added eight new women to its Game Changer program, bringing the total to twenty-six. Forty women will be named Game Changers, in total, in honor of WCF’s 40th anniversary. The initiative, aimed at “changing the game” for women in politics, lays out WCF’s vision for a more representative government that includes more women, minorities, and others from outside the traditional world of politics.

“Today’s eight new Game Changers are a testament to the positive change that women under 40 can make for their communities,” said Clare Bresnahan, WCF’s Political and Programs Director. “Whether it’s by working to make their state more sustainable, fighting on behalf of working families, or helping to find a cure for cancer, these women showcase the different priorities that women bring to the table. It also goes hand in hand with their ability to make history. New Jersey hasn’t had a woman in Congress in 10 years. West Virginia has only ever had one woman in Congress and has never had an African American voice in the delegation. All across the country, we see districts like Rebecca Thompson’s in Michigan that have never been represented by a woman. Our Game Changers are giving the country a glimpse of how much smarter our government would be with more diverse voices in it.”

The Game Changers announced today include:

Kelly Westlund, running for U.S. House of Representatives (WI-07): Kelly grew up in a military family and settled in Wisconsin after earning her degree in Conflict Resolution from Northland College. Her work to create a more sustainable Wisconsin and to support Wisconsin’s family farms demonstrate a commitment to serving the people in her state.
Shaughnessy Naughton, running for U.S. House of Representatives (PA-08): Shaughnessy was awarded a prestigious grant to help research and develop a new drug to treat breast cancer, which led to Phase III clinical testing. Shaughnessy has spent her life standing up and fighting for our shared values and to protect those who need it most, especially at-risk youth.
Aimee Belgard, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NJ-03): Aimee has made reproductive rights and pay equity central themes in her campaign, showcasing a willingness to put her money where her mouth is when it comes to championing women’s issues.
Meshea Poore, running for U.S. House of Representatives (WV-02): As an attorney, Meshea has defended women in family court and as a state delegate, she consistently stands up for women’s health and choice. West Virginia has never had an African-American representative to the U.S. House or Senate. Meshea has consistently demonstrated that she’ll prove the strongest champion of equal opportunities for all West Virginia families.
Stephanie Chang, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-06): As the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants and a strong advocate on progressive issues such as affirmative action, criminal justice reform, and voting rights, Stephanie Chang truly represents the values of WCF and our Game Changer initiative.
Kristy Pagan, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-21): One of the most dynamic women leaders in Michigan, Kristy has leveraged her own qualifications as well as her labor background to help women run for office across the country. She even started her own business to help women and progressives win.
Faith Winter, running for Colorado House of Representatives (CO-35): An up and coming tour de force in Colorado politics, Faith brings not only public leadership experience, as Mayor Pro-Tem of Westminster, but also a clear passion for increasing the number of women in elected office across the country, as demonstrated by her leadership at Emerge Colorado.
Rebecca Thompson, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-01): Rebecca’s story is one of overcoming adversity. Raised by a single mother with three siblings, Rebecca went from growing up in a thriving working class family to one struggling with unemployment, poverty, and at times, homelessness. She has a genuine understanding of the big challenges that many Michigan families face on a daily basis. In addition to the valuable perspective she would bring to the State House, this is an opportunity for voters in the 1st district to start over and elect the kind of leader that shares their values.

Previously announced Game Changers include:
• Emily Cain, running for U.S. House of Representatives (ME-02)
• Charniele Herring, running for U.S. House of Representatives (VA-08)
• Eloise Gomez Reyes, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-31)
• Sandra Fluke, running for California State Senate (CA-26)
• Connie Pillich, running for Ohio State Treasurer
• Nina Turner, running for Ohio Secretary of State
• Wendy Davis, running for Governor (Texas)
• Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate (Kentucky)
• Rocky Lara, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NM-02)
• Alma Adams, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NC-12)
• Betty Yee, running for State Controller (California)
• Erin Molchany, running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (PA-36)
• Amanda Renteria, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-21).
• Val Arkoosh, running for U.S. House of Representatives (PA-13)
• Maura Healey, running for Attorney General (Massachusetts)
• Allyson Schwartz, running for Governor (Pennsylvania)
• Suja Lowenthal, running for State Assembly (CA-70)
• Mary Sosa, running for State House of Representatives (OK-89)

The Game Changers initiative complements WCF’s existing political endorsement program. The 40 women chosen for the initiative are selected from the pool of WCF’s already impressive roster of endorsed candidates. Each week, WCF will add more women to the list, leading up to the organization’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Parties of Your Choice Gala in New York City on May 15th.

For more information about WCF’s Game Changers, please visit wcfonline.org/game_changers. To read previous Game Changer announcements, please visit wcfonline.org/press_release.


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