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WUFPAC Endorses Utah Congressional Candidate

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Washington, DC (August 11, 2014) – Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC) today announces their endorsement of Utah’s 4th Congressional District candidate, Mia Love.

“Mia Love has a record of successful leadership and dedication to working for her community as both City Councilwoman and Mayor,” said Kate Farrar, WUFPAC President. “As the election grows closer, WUFPAC is honored to lengthen our list of endorsements to candidates we believe will not only win, but also pave the way for future generations.”

Mia Love is the former Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. As City Councilwoman and Mayor, Mia led the city through a period of 1700% population growth in a decade. She helped balanced her city’s budget during each of her four years as Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Under her leadership, Saratoga Springs received several prestigious budgetary awards, and recently her city was named number one in livability in the state of Utah. She is running for Representative in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. Please visit love4utah.com to learn more about Mia Love.

WUFPAC Endorses Three More Candidates: Two State Representatives, and One Congressiona

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Washington, DC     July 14th, 2014     Today the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC) has announced their endorsement of three new candidates: Janéa Holmquist of Washington, Rebecca Thompson of Michigan, and Faith Winter Colorado.

Janéa Holmquist is running for the United States House of Representatives in the 4th District of Washington state. At 39, Janéa has previously served in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and most recently in the Washington State Senate, representing the 13th District. She has her Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Gonzaga University, and is a graduate from the University of Idaho’s Energy Policy Planning Program. She is the only female running in her district against 11 males. To learn more about Janéa Holmquist and her campaign for Congress you can go to her official campaign site: www.janeaholmquist.com
Faith Winter is running for the Colorado State House of Representatives, District 35. Faith has dedicated her life to creating a better Colorado.  She has served on Westminster City Council for the last seven years, she has worked in a homeless shelter, for environmental organizations and is currently the Executive Director of Emerge Colorado.  She also extensively volunteers for multiple organizations for women, youth, the environment Faith won her primary election and will face Mike Melvin in the November 4th general elections. To learn more about Faith Winter and her campaign you can visit her official campaign site: www.faithwinter.com
Rebecca Thompson, a native of Detroit, is running for the Michigan House of Representatives, District 1. Rebecca currently serves as the Senior Director of Engagement at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Her background includes a strong focus on youth leadership development in positions at the United States Student Association, Young People For, and the Front Line Leaders Academy. Her political engagement began at North Michigan University where Rebecca was elected the first African-American female student body president in the school’s 100-year history. Women’s representation in the Michigan’s legislature is at a 20 year low and there are only three women of color in office. Rebecca is seeking to change this statistic with her election. To learn more about Rebecca Thompson and her campaign you can visit her official campaign site: www.rebeccamthompson.com

 

And the endorsements keep coming…

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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.

Call for New Board Members: Deadline June 30

Friday, May 16th, 2014

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.

Requirements:

  • Raise or write $1,000 for WUFPAC each calendar year
  • Attend quarterly in-person board meetings
  • Attend all WUFPAC events (several per year)
  • Promote and support WUFPAC’s work
  • 2 year Board commitment

Qualifications:

  • Retains a strong network in political and corporate spheres
  • Interest in supporting and advancing young women’s leadership in politics

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 info@wufpac.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.

WUFPAC Endorses Two More Women Candidates for the 2014 Election Cycle

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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

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WUFPAC Endorses Two Congressional Incumbents

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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.

 

 

Nine New Endorsements for Federal and State Candidates

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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.”

Federal Office

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.

State Office

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join WUFPAC for an Evening with Reshma Saujani

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
WUFPAC Presents an evening with
Reshma Saujani
author of
Women Who Don’t Wait In Line
WOMEN WHO DON'T WAIT IN LINE - Final Cover - Hi-Res
February 18th
6:00-8:00pm
Home of John Jameson
President and Founder of Winning Connections
616 North Carolina Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003

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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.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for 2014 WUFPAC candidates.

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*Purchase your ticket by midnight 2/11 and you’ll receive Reshma’s book for FREE*

New WUFPAC Candidate in IA – 1

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Washington, DC – Women Under Forty PAC is proud to announce the endorsement of Anesa Kajtazovic in her race for the open Congressional seat in Iowa’s 1st district.

A native of Bosnia, Kajtazovic escaped the war-torn country at age 10 and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a double major in Business and Public Administration and in 2010 became the youngest woman elected to the Iowa legislature. Last year, Kajtazovic was a recipient of the 20 Under 40 Award by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and named as a top recruit for the 2013-2014 election cycle by Roll Call in September. If elected, Kajtazovic will become the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“WUFPAC is pleased to endorse yet another outstanding woman for the 2014 election cycle. Anesa’s compelling life story, dedication to her district and forward-thinking principles show she is a proven candidate for Iowa’s 1st district. We look forward to supporting her as she grows in the ranks of public office,” stated WUFPAC President, Kate Farrar.

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