Friday, January 05, 2018

The 2016 Elections Started Something

Have you noticed that since the 2016 elections more women and LGBT people are running for office? And they are winning!
MEET ALEXANDRA CHANDLER, THE TRANSGENDER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST RUNNING FOR CONGRESS
Newsweek
By Chrisranna Silva
January 4, 2018

In 2017, the U.S. elected its first ever openly transgender woman to the Virginia State House. In 2018, it might elect its first out transgender woman to Congress—Alexandra Chandler.

“I recognize that I would be a first, and I will say it is a humbling responsibility that I take very seriously both as a candidate and if elected that I would be a first,” Chandler, who's running for office in Massachusetts, told Newsweek.

Chandler was one of the military’s top intelligence analysts. She spent the past five years leading a team of analysts charged with combating arms smuggling and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She’s the mother of two children, and a wife.
She is also just like Danica Roem ran on local issues so is Ms. Chandler.
What she dealt with aligns with a storyline shared across the U.S. Almost 30 million people in the U.S. are uninsured, a number expected to increase if President Trump continues to fight to repeal Obamacare. This all comes in a time when a majority of Americans say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.
Those who have been following my blog know that I majored in grad school on community organizing and that I took the nationally recognized Campaign School by Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work (You do not have to be a studnet at UConn to take the two day workshop) and even though it trite the saying that “All politics are local” is true. You want to run for a Congressional seat then run on local issues. You want to run for dog catcher run on local issues.

If you are a trans woman or a cis woman and are thinking about running, I would suggest you contact Emily’s List,
Mission
EMILY's List members are dedicated to building a progressive America by electing pro-choice Democratic women to office. We believe in the power of women as candidates, as contributors, as campaign professionals, and as voters to bring about great change in our country. EMILY's List is committed to a three-pronged strategy to elect pro-choice Democratic women: recruiting and funding viable women candidates; helping them build and run effective campaign organizations; and mobilizing women voters to help elect progressive candidates across the nation. By working together, we can make a difference -- and change the face of American politics.
The Women's March on Washington is holding a march in Washington DC on January 20th and local rallies around the country. In Hartford the rally will  be on the north side of the capitol (dress warmly because it is the shady side of the capitol (pun intended)) from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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