Washington, DC – June 2, 2014 — Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC) today announced the endorsement of two more women running at the state and federal level. They are Elizabeth Matory of Maryland and Roxanne “Rocky” Lara of New Mexico.
“As we get deeper into the 2014 primary season, it is very exciting to see our list of endorsements lengthen,” said WUFPAC President Kate Farrar. “Elizabeth and Rocky are leaders, mentors and inspirations to women under 40 everywhere. I look forward to seeing their accomplishments as their races progress.”
Elizabeth Matory is running for the House of Delegates in Maryland’s 18th Legislative District. She has a law degree from Howard University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. Currently a business consultant, Liz has a background in education, civil rights and the independent music industry. As Delegate, she will focus on economic sustainability and ensuring all students excel. If elected, Liz will be the first African-American woman from Montgomery County elected to the State House. To learn more about Liz and her campaign for House of Delegates, please visit www.elizabethmatory.com.
Running in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District is Roxanne “Rocky” Lara. Rocky is a community leader, from working closely with the Carlsblad Mayor to serving as the Chairman of the Carlsblad Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized at national, state and local levels for her work, including EmergeAmerica’s 2011 Trailblazer Award and as 2013 “40 Under 40” in New Mexico. As Representative, she will work to increase jobs and economic growth, fix the broken immigration system and ensure access to quality education. To learn more about Rocky please visit www.larafornm.com.
The WUFPAC Board of Directors is seeking diverse and dynamic individuals to serve on the Board of Directors. Board members assist the President with strategic advice including which candidates to endorse and support, how to raise support and funding for the organization, and build relationships with political and organizational stakeholders. WUFPAC is based in Washington, DC. Only extremely qualified applicants from outside the Washington, DC area will be considered.
Interested individuals should send a CV or resume along with a 500 word or less statement about why you would like to serve on WUFPAC’s Board of Directors. Please send your resume and short statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30th. Please use the subject line: Board Applicant
Note: WUFPAC is a nonprofit political organization and there is no compensation for Board members.
Washington, D.C. – Women Under Forty PAC today announced the endorsement of two more women candidates who are pursuing public office. They are Kristie Holmes (CA-33) and Maggie T. Oliver (New Mexico Secretary of State).
“WUFPAC is honored to announce the endorsement of Kristie and Maggie,” said WUFPAC President Kate Farrar. “They are both exceptional leaders in their community and I believe they will exemplify those same talents in public office.”
Kristie Holmes is running to represent California’s 33rd Congressional District. Currently, she is a Clinical Social Worker and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern California Los Angeles. Kristie is passionate about increasing the number of women in office and hopes to inspire young women to pursue their dreams. She is a NGO delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and was just nominated to the Board of Directors for UN Women, United States National Committee. For more information about Kristie’s Congressional race visit http://www.kristieholmes.com. If you’d like an inside perspective on the race, she is blogging about it at http://www.kristierunningforcongress.blogspot.com
Running for Secretary of State in New Mexico is Maggie T. Oliver. Since 2007, Maggie has served as Bernalillo County Clerk where she has improved the integrity of the election process and exemplified top customer service. She has been the recipient of many awards and most recently named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s “40 under 40″ young professionals. Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico. She resides in Albuquerque with her husband and two sons.
“It is an incredible honor to have earned the support of the nonpartisan Women Under Forty PAC in my run for Secretary of State,” said Toulouse Oliver. “Over the years, I have worked with groups like Las Adelitas, Ready to Run and EMERGE New Mexico to help bring more young women into the political process and run for office all across the state. I strongly believe in young women having a voice in how policy is shaped and that’s why it is vital to ensure that every eligible voter in New Mexico has the opportunity to register to vote and access to cast a ballot that will be counted accurately.” To learn more about Maggie, please visit http://www.maggietoulouseoliver.com
Washington, DC – Women Under Forty Political Action Committee today announced their endorsement of two U.S. House of Representatives incumbents. They are Krysten Sinema (AZ-09) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02).
“WUFPAC is honored to endorse two talented women leaders in Congress,” WUFPAC President Kate Farrar said. “As women remain highly underrepresented at the federal level, Congresswoman Sinema and Congresswoman Gabbard are shining voices and great examples to fellow women seeking to pursue higher office. “
Former Iraqi veteran, Honolulu City Council Member and State Legislator Tulsi Gabbard represents the 2nd Congressional District in Hawai’i. When elected in 2013, Gabbard become the first person to be elected to Congress who is of Samoan heritage. She is currently the youngest female serving in Congress and is also one of the only two female combat veterans in the House of Representatives. You can read more about Congresswoman Gabbard’s race at www.votetulsi.com.
Congresswoman Krysten Sinema is currently the Representative for the 9th Congressional District in Arizona. A former state legislator, Sinema was known for her ability to work across the aisle to get things accomplished. Currently, she is serving on the House Committee on Financial Services and is committed to working on behalf of women and their families and giving everyone a fair opportunity to succeed. To learn more about Congresswoman Sineman, please visit www.krystensinema.com.
Washington, DC – Women Under Forty Political Action Committee today announced their endorsement of six federal and three state level candidates. They are: Alison Lundergan-Grimes (KY Senate), U.S. Senate; Emily Cain (ME-02), U.S. House; Kelly Westlund (WI-07), U.S. House; Elise Stefanik (NY-21), U.S. House; Aimee Belgard (NJ-03), U.S. House; Karalee Hargrove (CA AD-42), State Assembly; Carrie Semmelroth (ID HD-17A), State House; and Michelle Ambrozic (CA AD-33), State Assembly.
“WUFPAC is pleased to announce the endorsement of nine women who are pursuing their dreams of public office,” said WUFPAC President Kate Farrar. “These women are outstanding leaders in their community and dedicated to public service. I am fully confident they have the knowledge, experience and talent to get results for their states and districts.”
As the current Secretary of State of Kentucky, Alison Lundergan-Grimes is looking to pursue higher office by running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Mitch McConnell. She has helped businesses thrive in Kentucky and has worked with people of all party affiliations to help grow Kentucky’s economy and create more jobs. Alison received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rhodes College and obtained her law degree, graduating with honors, from American University, Washington College of Law. For more information about Alison’s senate race, go to www.alisonforkentucky.com.
Aimee Belgard is the only woman running for Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. She is currently an attorney with a lifelong passion of volunteering which helped lead her to a path of public service. She has served on the Edgewater Part Town Council and is currently a Burlington County Freeholder. If elected, Aimee could be the only woman elected to the New Jersey Congressional Delegation in over 10 years. For more information, please visit www.BelgardforCongress.com.
Prior to being elected to the state senate in 2012, Emily Cain served four terms as a state representative and is the youngest woman ever to serve as the House Democratic Leader. Emily has a proven record of creating jobs, making college more affordable, increasing accountability in government, protecting homeowners from foreclosures and increasing minimum wage. She is running to replace Congressman Mike Michaud who is running for Governor and, if elected, Emily will be the first Democratic woman to serve as representative to Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. To learn more about Emily, please visit www.cainforcongress.com.
Running for California’s 35th Congressional District is Christina Gagnier. Christina has a diverse background in building small businesses, educating people to use the internet to find employment and is a leader on consumer privacy issues. She is a small business owner and technology lawyer from Chino, CA who will work to tackle unemployment, promote digital literacy and broadband and protect consumer rights online if elected to Congress. To learn more about Christina’s campaign, please visit www.christinagagnier.com.
Elise Stefanik is running for the 21st Congressional District in New York. A product of small business owners, Elise understands the importance of hard work, perseverance, difficulties and risks that go along with building a business and creating jobs. Most recently, Elise served as the Director of Vice Presidential Debate Prep to Paul Ryan. She also worked in the West Wing of the White House as part of President George W. Bush’s Domestic Policy Council Staff and in the office of the Chief of Staff. The first member of her family to graduate college, Elise earned a degree from Harvard where she received the Women’s Leadership Award. Please visit www.eliseforcongress.com to learn more about her campaign.
Kelly Westlund has served on the Ashland City Council since 2011 and is running for the 7th Congressional District in Wisconsin. Kelly graduated from Northland College in Ashland with a degree in Conflict Resolution. After graduation, Kelly went on to work for a local nonprofit organization where she helped communities become more self-reliant. For the past three years Kelly has worked to build sustainable strong local food systems for farmers. She is a graduate of the Leadership Wisconsin program and is also the first graduate of Emerge Wisconsin to seek federal office. For more information about Kelly, go to www.kellywestlund.com.
Michelle Ambrozic is a health insurance expert and consumer advocate who is running for California Assembly in the 33d District. After graduating from the University of Arizona, she and her husband opened small businesses that are locally operated. Michelle has always had a passion for politics. She is a lifelong conservative and member of the Women Republican Federation. For more information about Michelle’s campaign and views, please visit www.michelleforassembly.com.
In 2012, Karalee Hargrove was elected as a trustee to the Morongo Unified School District where she has secured pay raises for District teachers, reestablished the School District’s Foundation that reinvests funds in the schools and succeeded in getting solar panels at a local school to cut down on energy costs. If elected to represent California Assembly District 42, Karalee will help bring jobs to her community, increase the quality of education and give retirement security to seniors. To find out more about Karalee’s campaign, please visit www.karaleehargrove42nd.com.
The first woman from Idaho to ever be endorsed by WUFPAC is Carrie Semmelroth, who is running for state representative in House District 17A. Carrie recently obtained her PhD from Boise State University where she worked in higher education for the past five years. Carrie is committed to improving the community and public education system. As a state representative, she will work to enhance the future of public education, bring reform to livable wages and protect Idaho’s natural resources. To learn more about Carrie, please visit www.carriefor17.com.
Reshma Saujani is the Founder of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future.
In her groundbreaking new book, “Women Who Don’t Wait in Line,” Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship, and boldly charting your own course — personally and professionally.
Reshma’s fearless efforts to run for office and change the perception of female leadership is a true inspiration to WUFPAC and our young female candidates.
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Washington, DC – Women Under Forty PAC is proud to endorse Jennifer Black in her race for Loyalsock Township Supervisor (PA).
She won the May Primary to become one of the Democratic nominees for the November 5th election. At 26 years old, Jennifer is seeking to contribute her fresh ideas to her community. She is the only female in the race and the only candidate under the age of 50. As township supervisor, one of her goals is to use social media to engage citizens in the community. She has already served as Loyalsock Township Auditor for a two year term.
Learn more about Jennifer on her website and follow her election results on November 5th!
Washington, DC — Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) announced its first slate of 2014 endorsements today which included four women running for the U.S. House of Representatives and two for local city councils. They are: Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13th), U.S. House; Shaughnessy Naughton (PA-08), U.S. House; Jessica James (AL-01), U.S. House; Meshea Poore, (WV-02), U.S. House; Lakeshia Dotson, Mobile City Council; and Brianne K. Nadeau, Ward 1, DC Council. Two candidates are women of color.
“WUFPAC is thrilled to hit the ground running early for 2014 by endorsing these six phenomenal women candidates,” WUFPAC President Kate Farrar said. “Women still remain highly underrepresented in elected office. WUFPAC strives to build that pipeline by supporting young women who are just getting started in their political careers. We are proud to be the only Political Action Committee to offer this critical early support.”
Previously endorsed WUFPAC candidate Jessica Ehrlich is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Young – a 42-year incumbent, for a second time. An attorney and St. Petersburg native, Ehrlich has served in a staff capacity to both a Republican and Democrat Member of Congress in Washington, before returning home to Florida. She is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and is deeply committed to “fulfilling her father’s legacy of service to her local community.” To learn more about Ehrlich, please visit: http://www.jessicaforflorida.com/.
Shaughnessy Naughton is a scientist, entrepreneur and business leader who was born and raised in Bucks County, PA. After obtaining a chemistry degree at Bryn Mawr College, Naughton worked as a breast cancer and infectious disease researcher before returning home to run her family’s publishing business through tough times. Ten years later she now owns and manages all of the publishing company’s operations. Naughton is challenging incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in this “swing” suburban district. To learn more about her campaign, please visit: http://www.shaughnessyforcongress.com/.
Jessica James is the only woman under 40 running in an eight-way primary for the open Congressional seat in Alabama’s 1st district. James is a realtor, media strategist and writer. She previously ran for the Tuscaloosa City Council in 2005 and has served as the Coordinator of the U.S. Highway 43 Wastewater Initiative for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Since July 2010, James has been the Mobile County Commission’s Liaison in the BP/MC252 Oil Spill clean-up efforts. To learn more about James, please visit: http://www.jessicaforcongress.com/.
Running in the open seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Meshea Poore is an attorney and has previously worked for U.S. Rep. James Clyburn and the Obama Campaign for Change. Poore has served in the West Virginia House of Delegates since 2010 where she has a proven track record of growing our economy, creating jobs and advancing education. For more information, please visit: http://mesheaforwv.com/.
Community volunteer and former HR generalist at Sara Lee Food and Bakery, Lakeshia Dotson is taking her second run for a seat on the Mobile, Alabama City Council. Dotson currently serves on the Mobile Arts Council board and is a member of the Mobile Auburn Club and the Thomas Sullivan Community Center. If elected, Dotson would prioritize public safety, improving infrastructure and helping small businesses. For more information on Dotson, visit: http://www.electdotson.com/.
Brianne K. Nadeau, a DC Democratic Party leader and former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, is challenging Washington, DC Councilmember Jim Graham. An 11-year DC resident, Nadeau was elected vice chairperson of the Ward 1 Democrats in 2012 and dedicated herself to expanding the base of registered Democrats in the ward to engage voters on local issues and advance the cause of full representation for the District. For more information about Nadeau, please visit: http://briannefordc.com.
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