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April 14, 2014
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
WCF Announces Six New Game Changers
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) added six new women to its Game Changer program. 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.
“WCF is exceptionally proud to be supporting these six women,” said Clare Bresnahan, WCF’s Political and Programs Director, of the women announced today. “They are six women running for office from different parts of the country for Congress, Governor, State Controller, and state legislature, highlighting the impact that women make can make in office wherever they serve and at any level of government. Today’s Game Changers also showcase the diversity in perspectives that we need more of in government, including women of color, women from working class or immigrant backgrounds and women who were raised by single mothers or were single mothers themselves. What these women, and our six previously announced Game Changers have in common, however, is a commitment to public service and improving their communities, the qualifications to be leaders at all levels of office, and the desire to change the game for women in office.”
The Game Changers announced today include:
• Wendy Davis, running for Governor (Texas): Texas has some of the most radical anti-choice laws and legislators in the country. With Governor Rick Perry stepping down and Davis’ proven leadership on women's issues, Wendy has the opportunity to win the governor’s mansion and stop the attack on reproductive services and women’s health that has been going on in Texas for years.
• Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for U.S. Senate (Kentucky): Growing up in central Kentucky, Alison learned the value of public service at an early age. As the youngest woman in the country currently serving as a Secretary of State, and as the only woman holding statewide office in Kentucky, Alison is an inspiration to women in Kentucky and across the country. Her campaign highlights the vital role that women play in politics and why we need more young women at all levels of government.
• Rocky Lara, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NM-02): Raised by her father, who was a potash miner, firefighter, oil field worker, and her mother, who was a United Food and Commercial Workers member, Rocky learned early the importance of hard work and education. As a pro-choice Latina and a 5th generation New Mexican from a working class background, Lara represents the new kind of leadership we need to see more of in Washington.
• Alma Adams, running for U.S. House of Representatives (NC-12): Growing up in a single parent household, Alma saw that the best way to get ahead was through dedication and hard work. With her 30 years of public service, Alma Adam is not only extremely qualified to represent North Carolina in Congress, she is also a woman of color who is incredibly dedicated to the advancement of women, in politics and elsewhere.
• Betty Yee, running for State Controller (California): Betty got her start in finance at a young age by handling the financial transactions for the laundry and dry cleaning business of her immigrant, non-English speaking parents. She got her start in politics at age 13, representing the few Chinese American families in the neighborhood at a local school board meeting. She understands the role of finance in public policy and believes politics is about giving voice to issues and concerns, especially for those who do not have a voice or whose voice is muted.
• Erin Molchany, running for reelection to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (PA-36): While working her way through college at Duquesne University, Erin decided early on to dedicate her life to helping others. Erin is a young woman leader who has made it her life’s work to advance women in all facets of life, including politics.
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
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.