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.