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to run for office. And win.
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More women in politics creates real change, effective democracy, and better government. VoteRunLead is the expert at the state and local level. With less than 1,000 of the 520,000 US elected offices at the federal level, we are focused on the 99%. 70% of first-time VoteRunLead candidates won their election in 2017.
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Amanda Hall is a City Councilor in Madison, WI. Her experience with VoteRunLead helped her remain true to herself and gave her the lift she needed to rewrite the rules.
When Amanda attended a VRL training, her election for City Council was only months away. She knew she wanted to forge her own kind of candidacy. “Now that I’m elected,” she says, “I show other women that whoever you are right now, you are qualified for office. You are stronger, more experienced and more capable than you can imagine.” As a competitive Strongman, CrossFit athlete and City Councilor, Amanda busts the stereotype that politicians have to be stuffy and reserved. “Thanks to VRL, I’m empowered to help rewrite the rules of what elected officials can be, do, say… and lift.”
Brenda Lopez Romero is a State Representative from Norcross, GA. She was the first Latina elected to the Georgia General Assembly.
As the Principal Attorney of The Lopez Firm and Vice-Chair of the Latino Caucus for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Brenda seeks to incorporate immigration, civil rights, international law, and community development into every aspect of her life. As a candidate, the VoteRunLead weekend-long training “gave me the nuts and bolts to run and win.” Now, Brenda takes her convictions to the state capitol every day.
Denise Schultz was elected to serve as the first Chairwoman on the Metro West Commission on the Status of Women. She also serves on the School Committee in Franklin, MA.
Denise had her first training with VoteRunLead at a Go Run, 300-strong training weekend. “Prior to VoteRunLead, I spent a lot of energy worrying about which office to run for; which was the right fit,” Denise says, “I was also worried about losing an election. It was powerful and empowering to hear that losing can be a good thing. VoteRunLead has taken away the fear of running.”
Eve Hurwitz is a veteran and mom of five running for office in Maryland in 2018.
As a Naval Flight Officer for the US Navy, Eve was Mission Commander for combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan, and is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy Reserve. A mom of five, the VRL community helped Eve remain true to herself, purple hair and all. She is excited to run for office in 2018.
Ilhan Omar is a State Representative from Minneapolis, Minnesota. A former refugee, a Muslim, and a mom of three, she made history becoming the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States.
Ilhan was no stranger to political activism, but it was a VoteRunLead panel of women leaders that inspired her to run. “Tishaura Jones’ story about being pregnant while running for the position of St. Louis Treasurer really moved me,” she says. “I finally had to say, “OK it’s time to do this!” As someone who has been traditionally underrepresented, Ilhan is determined to represent the diverse community where she lives.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Kathleen Daniel is running for NYC Council.
You can’t run alone. For Kathleen Daniel, a pivotal relationship was forged through VoteRunLead. “My volunteer co-ordinator Kamille and I met at a VoteRunLead workshop,” Kathleen says. After graduating from Harvard University Law School, Kamille is going to help Kathleen build an army of volunteers to get her elected to NYC Council, where women are still vastly underrepresented. “Get involved!” Kathleen says, “We can take power.”