FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2014
CONTACT: Juan Garcia
Women’s Campaign Fund Calls in Reinforcements for Game Changers
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, following the recent primary losses of several women candidates in its Game Changers initiative, Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) named five new women 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.
“This was never going to be easy,” said Clare Bresnahan, WCF’s Political and Programs Director. “When you take on an entrenched political system that is hostile to women and minorities, you have to be ready for a lot of pushback. But these setbacks won’t stop us. They never have. WCF prides itself on taking risks. We don’t only support the women who are already guaranteed to win. We support women from outside the traditional world of politics, the women who have been overlooked by the traditional political players, the women willing to put it all on the line to take on the status quo. Which is why I’m so proud today to add these five new women to our Game Changers initiative. They will join 35 other amazing candidates who are redefining what it means to be a woman in politics.”
The Game Changers announced today include:
• Mary Rose Wilcox, running for U.S. House (AZ-07): Mary Rose Wilcox has been making cracks in Arizona’s glass ceiling for 31 years. From championing immigration form and fighting against Sherifff Joe Arpaio’s racial profiling, to standing up for public safety in poor communities plagued by gang violence, Mary Rose is not afraid to tackle difficult issues head on.
• Hina Wong-Kalu, running for Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Trustee At Large): As a transgender woman of color, Hina represents one of the most discriminated against and stigmatized communities in America. Her election would send a powerful signal about the inclusion of trans women and women of color in politics and society.
• Hilda Solis, running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (LA-1): From the California State Assembly and State Senate to Congress and Secretary of Labor, where she was the first Latina to serve in a presidential cabinet, Hilda Solis is a testament to the incredible impact that WCF women-in-office can have at all levels of office.
• Congresswoman Donna Christensen, running for Governor (Virgin Islands): From the California State Assembly and State Senate to Congress and Secretary of Labor, where she was the first Latina to serve in a presidential cabinet, Hilda Solis is a testament to the incredible impact that WCF women-in-office can have at all levels of office.
• Nellie Gorbea, running for Secretary of State (Rhode Island): As a successful Latina leader in Rhode Island, Nellie is acutely aware of how often she is the only woman of color in the room at many political meetings. She has used her position on the Nominating Committees of nearly every Board she has served on to open doors for women and people of color. Her passion for creating opportunities for underrepresented communities is what sets Nellie apart and makes her a true Game Changer.
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)
• Rebecca Thompson, running for Michigan House of Representatives (MI-01)
• 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 Colleen Hanabusa, running for U.S. Senate (Hawaii)
• 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 Rashida Tlaib, running for State Senate (MI-04)
• State Representative Gayle Goldin, running for reelection to State House House (RI-03)
• Cyndi Munson, running for State House (OK-85)
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.