2018 Candidates

WCF was pleased to issue its 2018 Seal of Approval to the following outstanding candidates. 

How We Selected 2018 Candidates

WCF Seal of ApprovalAs a nonpartisan organization, WCF supports competent women candidates who demonstrate they have what it takes to win their races, find and build on common ground, and work effectively for the good of all at every level of elected office in the United States. 

WCF criteria are not easy to vet.  With more than 200 women running in 2018, tough choices were made about several campaigns where a woman had a good record of reaching common ground overall, but a campaign strategy of divisive tactics.  People vote for what they want and expect to see the action and attitude they voted for in office.  So, we did not support those campaigns.

We provided a questionnaire to many campaigns so that each candidate had a chance to demonstrate how she met WCF’s criteria.  We thank those who responded and encourage those who did not to respond in future campaigns so that WCF can fully appreciate and acknowledge your alignment with our goals.

In 2018, WCF found at least one race, PA 5, where opposing candidates each met its criteria.  The main goal of the criteria is to identify women candidates who can build and maintain good government. WCF decided to acknowledge the tenor of the campaign overall, as well as the qualifications of the two women, by awarding WCF’s Seal of Approval to both.

Ultimately, WCF winnowed a long list of impressive women to a short list that served as bellwether races for our goals.  We applaud the more than 40,000 women who took steps toward candidacy since late 2016.  WCF’s message to them is simple: continue to claim your voice.

The Women’s Campaign Fund does not need to speak for all women, nor for all topics. WCF champions the ability of more women to speak for themselves, to reflect the reality of their right, working in equal numbers with men, to decide for themselves how their lives should be governed. 

Thank you for supporting these outstanding candidates!

Rep. Stacey Abrams
Rep. Susan Brooks
(IN 5th)
Veronica Escobar
(TX 16th)
Jahana Hayes
(CT 5th)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Pearl Kim
(PA 5th)
Young Kim
(CA 39th)
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
(AZ 2nd)
Rep. Chellie Pingree
(ME 1st)
Mary Gay Scanlon
(PA 5th)
Mikie Sherrill
(NJ 11th)
Rep. Elise Stefanik
(NY 21st)
Haley Stevens
(MI 11th)


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  • ★ 50/50 Representation

    Why should good government depend on only half of the nation’s human capital? WCF commits to 50/50 representation of women and men in elected office by 2028.

  • ★ Common Ground

    Common ground just means problems get solved more collaboratively, for the good of more people. It’s the bedrock of our leadership at home and abroad.

  • ★ Viability for Election

    It takes more than money to make a candidate worth electing. WCF looks for guts, street sense, situational awareness, resilience -- the full range of gifts a woman brings to the race.

  • ★ Non-Partisan

    A woman’s place is in every party, every elected office, at every level. Period.