Candidate Information Action Team

Welcome to the Candidate Information Action Team

Welcome to the Candidate Information Action Team blog space of the Democrats Abroad Global Women’s Caucus! Before we begin posting new content, I wanted to introduce myself, share why 2020 is such an important election year, and introduce the Candidate Information blog space.

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Recent Candidate Profiles ~ Women to Win series

The Team has also been hard at work on our Women to Win series. We are proud to feature Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23), Democratic candidate running to represent the Lone Star State’s 23rd Congressional District! Ortiz Jones is fighting to flip a House left vacant by Republican Representative Will Hurd. With an unrivaled professional background in national security and economic policy, she holds promise in the increasingly purple state of Texas as an ascendant Democrat to support. Read the full article including an exclusive interview with Oritz Jones by Claire Naughton.

Two of our featured Women to Win, Tricia Zunker (WI-07) and Christy Smith (CA-25), recently faced off against Republican challengers in their May 12 special elections. While both Zunker and Smith lost their special elections, both will run for their respective seats against their Republican rivals again in the November general election. In Wisconsin, Zunker won 41% of the vote to Tom Tiffany’s 59%, and in California, Smith garnered 44% to Mike Garcia’s 56%. As we know, turnout during general elections is much higher than special elections, so there is still a chance to support these excellent candidates this year as we turn out to vote blue in November! Read the full articles on Tricia Zunker (WI-07) by Rachel Rappaport here and here, and the full article on Christy Smith (CA-25) by Kristen Vincent Appelbaum here.

Finally, do you know of a woman running for office that you think we should profile? Let us know! Fill out this Google Form to submit the name of a candidate for us to profile in our Women to Win series. Your candidate might make it in the next newsletter.


GWC GUIDE TO THE 2020 US SENATE ELECTIONS

This guide was compiled in May 2020.

In recent years, Americans have been frustrated by ever-growing congressional gridlock. This is a crucial election year for races from the presidency to Congress to state and local elections, but flipping the US Senate should be a priority for Democrats across the country in 2020.

The following is a reference guide to the 2020 US Senate Elections. Listed by state in alphabetical order, this guide includes The Objective of each election, The Democrat or Democrats in the race including relevant links to their websites, and a brief summary of The State of the Race including commentary as well as assessments from various reports and polls. It includes the 33 races where Democrats are running and 2 bonus races at the end where you can learn about the Independent candidates who are running where no Democrat is on the ballot.

It is important to note that you are never limited to contributing to races only in your voting state! Campaigns welcome help from Americans willing to spare time or resources. Check out the candidate’s website for volunteer opportunities like phone banking, text banking, social media post suggestions, and more. All of these examples of contribution can be done from the comfort of your own home; so no matter where you find yourself in the world, you can get involved!

Of course, please remember to register or update your registration to vote in your state’s primary and the general election! You can do this by visiting VoteFromAbroad.org and reading their FAQ on “How do I register to vote or request a ballot as a US Citizen living abroad?” or getting in touch with Vote From Abroad with any questions.

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Women To Win: Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23)

  

“My lived experience has absolutely shaped my desire to serve and give back to a community and country that has given me so much. It’s the reason I spent my entire career in public service, and it’s the reason I’m running for Congress today.” 

-Gina Ortiz Jones

WHO IS SHE?

With the Texas primary season wrapped up, the Global Women’s Caucus is proud to present Gina Ortiz Jones, Democratic candidate running to represent The Lone Star State’s 23rd Congressional District!

Gina is a first-generation beneficiary of an ROTC scholarship that enabled her to earn two bachelor’s degrees (Economics and East Asian Studies) and an MA in Economics. Following the completion of her studies, she suited up to enter the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Officer, shouldering the additional burden of serving under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell alongside thousands of other LGBTQ military personnel.

Throughout twelve years of service, Ortiz Jones steeped her resume in national security, intelligence, and defense expertise across Latin America, Africa, and Europe. In addition to serving in several other prestigious posts, she was named to serve as the Senior Advisor for Trade Enforcement, a position situated at the intersection of economic and national security issues that then-President Obama created by executive order.

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Supporting Tricia Zunker (WI-07) in the May 12 Special Election

As May 12th approaches, the Global Women’s Caucus would like to update you on the special election in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district! The Candidate Information Team has been working hard to support Tricia Zunker. Tricia is fighting to flip a Red seat Blue by running for the vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 7th district. Tricia is running for Congress to be a voice for the industrious workers and farmers of Northwest Wisconsin, and to represent the Ho-Chunk people as Wisconsin’s first Native American Congresswomen. 

Tricia, the first in her family to graduate from college, went to law school and became a practicing attorney and law professor.  In 2013, she was elected by the Ho-Chunk Nation to serve as Associate Justice of the Ho-Chunk Supreme Court (and re-elected to that position in 2017). In 2018, Tricia was elected to the Wausau School Board and currently serves as board president. A fierce advocate for education, criminal justice reform, and workers’ rights, Tricia could be the candidate to provide Democrats with traction in a key battleground state.

 

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Women To Win: Christy Smith (CA-25) - Special Election May 12th

WHO IS SHE?

Our second profile for the Global Women's Caucus "Women to Win" series features Christy Smith, who is running to represent California's 25th congressional district in a special election on May 12th.  Christy is a 39-year resident of her district and a lifelong public servant. Her career in government began as a policy analyst for the US Department of Education during the Clinton Administration.  Her passion for education continued beyond this role and inspired her to found a nonprofit, Valencia Valley Technological Education Foundation, to address the lack of technological resources in Newhall School District. After serving as its chair, Christy ran for Newhall School Board, where she served two terms.

In the blue wave of 2018, Christy was elected to California's State Assembly representing District 38.  In a hard-fought race, Christy raised over $2 million dollars and flipped a seat that had been Republican-controlled since 1978.  Now, she is seeking a seat in the US House of Representatives for California's 25th District, a seat vacated earlier this year by Democrat Katie Hill.

If you live in her district, VOTE!  Overseas voters go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org to request your ballot as soon as possible.  If faxing your ballot, it must be received by May 12th at 8:00 p.m. (local time). If you're mailing the paper ballot, it must be received by May 15th (within 3 days of the May 12th election).  For additional details, visit the California Secretary of States webpage.

WHAT IS SHE FIGHTING FOR?

IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION

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Women To Win: Tricia Zunker (WI-7) - Special Election on May 12

"I believe we're more alike than we're different. People want someone who will listen to their concerns, who will advocate for affordable health care and lower prescription drug prices and economic security for their families. I am the only person in this race who is going to do that."
- Tricia Zunker

Zunker speaks on the campaign trail. IG: @triciaforwi

WHO IS SHE?

We are thrilled to feature Tricia Zunker as the first in our series of “Women to Win.” Tricia is running for Congress to be a voice for the industrious workers and farmers of northwest Wisconsin. She is committed to running a grass-roots campaign. Brought up by her mother, a proud union member for over thirty years, and her father, a laborer with special carpentry skills, she has learned the value of hard work and struggle.

After becoming the first member of her family to graduate from college, Tricia went to law school and became a practicing attorney and law professor. Based in Wausau, WI, Tricia teaches law remotely at three universities. She teaches non-traditional students, helping them achieve goals that would not be attainable in the typical classroom setting.

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A REFERENCE GUIDE TO 2020 US SENATE ELECTIONS

*Please note that this guide was originally compiled in late March 2020.

In recent years, Americans have been frustrated by ever-growing congressional gridlock. This is a crucial election year for races from the presidency to Congress to state and local elections, but flipping the US Senate should be a priority for Democrats across the country in 2020.

The following is a reference guide to the 2020 US Senate Elections. Listed by state in alphabetical order, this guide includes the Objective of each election, The Leading Democrat in the race including relevant links to their websites, social media accounts, and ActBlue donation portals. The guide also gives a brief summary of The State of the Race including assessments from various political reports and polls.

Ten races in the guide have been noted as 'A Race To Watch' and will have more in depth profiles forthcoming: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.

Remember that you are never limited to contributing to races only in your home state! Campaigns welcome help from Americans willing to spare time or resources. The ActBlue link has been included for leading Democrats in these races if you are able to give money, but that’s far from the only way to contribute. Check out the candidate’s website for volunteer opportunities like phone banking, text banking, social media post suggestions, and more. All of these examples of contribution can be done from the comfort of your own home; so whether you’re an American based in England (like me!), Germany, Brazil, Malaysia, Kentucky, New York, California, South Dakota, or anywhere else around the world, you can get involved!

A REFERENCE GUIDE TO THE 2020 US SENATE ELECTIONS

(Source: Harold Mendoza, unsplash.com, public domain)

ALABAMA

Objective: Hold

The Leading Democrat: Senator Doug Jones

 — Website — Facebook — Twitter — ActBlue — 

The State of the Race: A Race to Watch

Toss-up/Likely Republican/Lean Republican (Source: Cook/Sabato/Inside Elections March 2020)

Senator Jones trails all three Republican challengers in a February Poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research (rated B+ by FiveThirtyEight, sample 625 registered voters): Jones-Byrne 42–51, Jones-Tuberville 42–50, Jones-Sessions 41–54 (Source: FiveThirtyEight March 2020)

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Celebrate 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote!

March is Women’s History Month, and we have provided three ways that you can get involved to commemorate women’s history and make an important political impact:

1.  Exercise Your Right to Vote by Participating in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary.

2.  Participate in activities and events on International Women’s Day.

3.  Join us for a Women’s History Month webinar, featuring Ramona Houston, Ph.D., PMP: “Black/Brown Power, Whiteness and Women: The 2020 Election Challenge—Democrats, Be the Light! Save America! (…And the World!)”.

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Women in US Politics: Looking back to look ahead

On November 5, Democrats took control of the House and the Senate in Virginia, a significant victory for the party that hasn’t controlled the state legislature in over twenty years. While their newfound dominance in the state spells good news for local progressives, at a national level, it also means that the Equal Rights Amendment could become law after almost thirty years dormant.

The Equal Rights Amendment, or the ERA, was first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, a Massachusetts suffragist known for her efforts to pass the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote. The ERA stated that gender could not be used to deny due process or equal rights under the law, and while it initially gained bipartisan support and the ratification of 22 states, it quickly began to face growing opposition. After losing steam over the course of the 20th century, it has again gained support following its ratification in Nevada in 2017 and in Illinois in 2018.

Now, with Democrats firmly in control of the Virginia state legislature, the ERA seems to finally be on the cusp of securing the 38-state-support it needs to become law. Yet despite not having equal rights under the law to this day, women in the US have played a key role in politics as far back as the abolitionist movement.

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