FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
Women’s Campaign Fund Announces Two Final Game Changers, Both Candidates for Lieutenant Governor
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) announced its final two Game Changers for the 2014 election: Annette Taddeo in Florida and Connie Stokes in Georgia. Both are candidates for Lieutenant Governor. 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.
“It’s always exciting to see women running for statewide office,” said Mullins. “WCF women-in-office like New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan have shown the powerful impact women can have in executive office. We’re thrilled to add Annette and Connie to our incredible lineup of Game Changers which includes Mary Burke (Wisconsin), Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands), Wendy Davis (Texas), Lucy Flores (Nevada), and Leticia Van de Putte (Texas).”
The Game Changers announced today include:
- Annette Taddeo, candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Florida): From a very early age, Annette Taddeo demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep passion for giving back to her community. As a child, she organized toy drives for needy children and volunteered at local orphanages. Annette got her start as an entrepreneur at age 13, selling oranges to her neighbors from her family's grove. After founding her own highly successful business, Annette is now running to bring that same sense of community and results-driven approach to leadership to the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
- Connie Stokes, candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Georgia): Connie Stokes’ journey from poverty and adversity to a highly accomplished public servant is a testament to her incredible work ethic and unshakeable determination. In addition to her extensive experience as a former Georgia State Senator and DeKalb County Commissioner, Connie will bring a much needed new perspective to the Lieutenant Governor’s office as the first woman to hold that post.
Previously announced Game Changers include:
- Emily Cain, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (ME-02)
- Charniele Herring, candidate for Virginia House of Delegates (VA-46)
- Eloise Gomez Reyes, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-31)
- Sandra Fluke, candidate for California State Senate (CA-26)
- Connie Pillich, candidate for Ohio State Treasurer
- Nina Turner, candidate for Ohio Secretary of State
- Wendy Davis, candidate for Governor (Texas)
- Alison Lundergan Grimes, candidate for U.S. Senate (Kentucky)
- Rocky Lara, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (NM-02)
- Alma Adams, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (NC-12)
- Betty Yee, candidate for State Controller (California)
- Amanda Renteria, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (CA-21).
- Maura Healey, candidate for Attorney General (Massachusetts)
- Suja Lowenthal, candidate for State Assembly (CA-70)
- Kelly Westlund, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (WI-07)
- Aimee Belgard, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (NJ-03)
- Stephanie Chang, candidate for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-06)
- Kristy Pagan, candidate for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-21)
- Faith Winter, candidate for Colorado House of Representatives (CO-35)
- Heather Mizeur, candidate for Governor (Maryland)
- Lucy Flores, candidate for Lt. Governor (Nevada)
- Val Demings, candidate for Mayor (Orange County, Florida)
- Muriel Bowser, candidate for Mayor (Washington, DC)
- Brianne Nadeau, candidate for City Council (Washington, DC - Ward 1)
- Sharon Quirk-Silva, candidate for State Assembly (CA-65)
- Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, candidate for re-election to U.S. House (AZ-09)
- Wendy Greuel, candidate for U.S. House (CA-33)
- Brenda Lawrence, candidate for U.S. House (MI-14)
- Leticia Van de Putte, candidate for Lieutenant Governor (Texas)
- State Representative Gayle Goldin, candidate for reelection to State House House (RI-03)
- Cyndi Munson, candidate for State House (OK-85)
- Hilda Solis, candidate for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LA-1)
- Congresswoman Donna Christensen, candidate for Governor (Virgin Islands)
- Nellie Gorbea, candidate for Secretary of State (Rhode Island)
- Mary Burke, candidate for Governor (Wisconsin)
- Kate Marshall, candidate for Secretary of State (Nevada)
- Norma Torres, candidate for U.S. House (CA-35)
The Game Changers initiative complements WCF’s existing political endorsement program. The 40 women identified as Game Changers were 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 and wcfonline.org/press_release.