Women's Campaign Fund Names Four New Game Changers Including Rare Race in Vermont



August 24, 2014

CONTACT: Juan Garcia


Women’s Campaign Fund Names Four New Game Changers Including Rare Race in Vermont


(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) named three new women candidates as Game Changers. 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.

“While it is always heartbreaking to see our Game Changers lose a primary, I am excited to highlight three new highly qualified women candidates in our Game Changer initiative,” said Betsy Mullins, WCF’s President and CEO.


WCF also singled out the Vermont State Senate Chittenden District as a fourth Game Changer. Candidates in the crowded race for Chittenden’s six senate seats include incumbent State Senators Diane Snelling (R) and Virginia “Ginny” Lyons (D), as well as first time candidate Dawn Ellis (D).


“Unfortunately, races featuring multiple women from both sides of the aisle who support reproductive choices and options are far too rare,” said Mullins. “Game Changers is WCF’s vision for what our government should look like, and that includes more women in both parties who will stand up for other women. That’s why races like the one in Vermont, while uncommon, are so important to WCF’s mission.”


The individual Game Changers announced today include:              


  • Mary Burke, running for Governor (Wisconsin): Mary Burke’s ties to Wisconsin run deep. Her father started the Trek Bicycling Corporation when she was a teenager. She would later become its Director of European Operations and lead the Strategic Planning Department. Now, a highly accomplished business woman and public servant, Mary is ready to move Wisconsin beyond partisan fighting and get the Governor’s office back working for the people of the state.
  • Kate Marshall, running for Secretary of State (Nevada): Kate Marshall came from humble beginnings, but worked her way through high school, college, and law school before joining the Department of Justice, managing to squeeze in a Peace Corps tour in Kenya along the way. As State Treasurer, Kate is a powerful advocate for working families and has focused on issues important to everyday Nevadans, including gas prices, early education, supporting small businesses, and protecting small-town grocery stores.
  • Norma Torres, running for U.S. House (CA-35): As a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, a former Assemblywoman, and as a State Senator, Norma Torres has a demonstrated track record of wanting to help her community, especially those most in need. During the economic crisis, Norma proved herself a leader by spearheading several initiatives aimed at helping everyday Californians buy and keep their home.


Previously announced Game Changers include:

  • Emily Cain, running for U.S. House of Representatives (ME-02)
  • Charniele Herring, running for Virginia House of Delegates (VA-46)
  • 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)
  • Amanda Renteria, running for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-21).
  • Maura Healey, running for Attorney General (Massachusetts)
  • Suja Lowenthal, running for State Assembly (CA-70)
  • Mary Sosa, running for State House of Representatives (OK-89)
  • Kelly Westlund, running for U.S. House of Representatives (WI-07)
  • Aimee Belgard, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NJ-03)
  • Stephanie Chang, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-06)
  • Kristy Pagan, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-21)
  • Faith Winter, running for Colorado House of Representatives (CO-35)
  • Heather Mizeur, running for Governor (Maryland)
  • Lucy Flores, running for Lt. Governor (Nevada)
  • Val Demings, running for Mayor (Orange County, Florida)
  • Muriel Bowser, running for Mayor (Washington, DC)
  • Brianne Nadeau, running for City Council (Washington, DC - Ward 1)
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva, running for State Assembly (CA-65)
  • Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, running for re-election to U.S. House (AZ-09)
  • Wendy Greuel, running for U.S. House (CA-33)
  • Brenda Lawrence, running for U.S. House (MI-14)
  • Leticia Van de Putte, running for Lieutenant Governor (Texas)
  • State Representative Gayle Goldin, running for reelection to State House House (RI-03)
  • Cyndi Munson, running for State House (OK-85)
  • Mary Rose Wilcox, running for U.S. House (AZ-07)
  • Hilda Solis, running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LA-1)
  • Congresswoman Donna Christensen, running for Governor (Virgin Islands)
  • Nellie Gorbea, running for Secretary of State (Rhode Island)


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.


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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