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.