Today in Washington – October 15, 2018
October 15, 2018
Source: Elizabeth Sullivan – Director of Government Relations
Congress is in recess until November 13, with Members campaigning in their home states for reelection. Women and people of color are making gains in this election cycle—women candidates for governor have increased by 67% and people of color have tripled among Democratic candidates this election cycle. Just two African-Americans in U.S. history have been elected governor: Doug Wilder in Virginia in 1989 and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts in 2006. Yet this year alone, there are three black gubernatorial nominees: Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Andrew Gillum in Florida.
As Alabama’s December special election showed, when black women turned out in droves to elect the state’s first Democratic senator in 25 years, the collective votes of this group can turn the tide in the nation’s politics. Leadership from women of color is emerging as what may be the strongest counterpoint to current politics. So far, more women have won House and Senate primaries this year than ever before. Ayanna Pressley will become the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Black women currently hold less than 20 seats in the House of Representatives. Consider taking the time to volunteer for a candidate that you support during this critical election season.