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.Read more
WHO IS SHE?
Carolyn Bourdeaux is a professor of public policy who won the Georgia-07 Democratic primary on June 2nd in a historic turnout of Democratic voters in this district. She says she is running because “Our community deserves a representative who has the courage to stand up for our children’s future, to reform our democracy, to ensure access to affordable health care and a system of world-class education.”
Carolyn is from Roanoke, Virginia, the daughter of public school teachers. The family suffered a setback in the 1990 recession when her father’s business declared bankruptcy, so she knows the struggles many families are facing in the current twin crises of the epidemic and economic recession.
With the help of federal loans, Carolyn studied history and economics at Yale and then worked for Ron Wyden (D-OR) in the House, staying on when he moved to the Senate. She earned a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Public Administration at Syracuse. After joining the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University in 2003, Carolyn took a leave of absence from 2007 to 2010 to serve as the Director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, a non-partisan role to advise the Senate on balancing the state budget during the 2008/2009 recession. Upon returning to Georgia State, she founded the Center for State and Local Finance.
Carolyn first ran for the House GA-07 seat in 2018 against Republican Representative Rob Woodall. She won a six-candidate primary and the subsequent run-off to win the Democratic nomination. Carolyn garnered significant endorsements and out-raised Woodall by a margin of 3-1 in the third quarter of 2018. On election night, the race was considered too close to call. In the following week, Boudreaux lost a court case to force Gwinnett County to count previously rejected absentee ballots. Woodall was declared the winner by 433 votes, the closest election in 2018. Woodall was the first Republican to announce he would retire in 2020. Carolyn announced her candidacy for the 2020 election on February 7, 2019.
Our Women to Win series features three women this month: Gretchen Driskell from Michigan’s 7th District, who will be speaking at our Women to Win Forum on July 21st, Hillary Scholten from Michigan’s 3rd District, and Rep. Lauren Underwood from the 14th District in Illinois.
By Jamie McAfee
Gretchen Driskell is running to represent Michigan’s 7th Congressional District. Drawn to public service, Gretchen has shown her commitment to her community through service on the Saline City Council, as the first female and longest-serving mayor of Saline, and as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. This year Gretchen is challenging Republican incumbent Representative Tim Walberg for his House seat in Washington. She is fighting for affordable healthcare, government transparency, social security and Medicare, bringing green jobs to Michigan, strong and equitable public schools, access to clean water and a safe environment, improved infrastructure, veteran protections, and sustainable agriculture. Gretchen is well positioned to win this flippable district with a boost in voter turnout.Read more
“I lead by example. People will follow a leader who deescalates the tensions that are rising in the country and who puts divisions aside to focus on doing the right thing. In our campaign, we’re focused on core kitchen table issues that we know both parties care about, like keeping harmful PFAS chemicals out of our water, and making healthcare affordable for all Americans.”
This month, the Candidate Information Team is excited to give the Global Women’s Caucus and all of DA a hint about an exciting upcoming series of events– our Candidate Virtual Town Halls! The team has been working behind the scenes to connect with campaigns across the U.S. to bring these fabulous women virtually to your screen. Keep an eye on your inboxes and our social media pages to hear more about the candidates who will be joining us and how to attend these virtual events.
Separately, our Women to Win series features two Iowans this month: Theresa Greenfield is running to represent Iowa in the Senate, and Rita Hart is running to serve Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District in the House.
Who is Wendy Davis?
You (hopefully) got to know Wendy Davis back in 2013 when her “remarkable” filibuster in the Texas legislature went viral. Standing in her beloved pink sneakers for 13 hours, Davis stood up to block the passage of a bill that would have closed most of the clinics in Texas that provided abortions. That may have been her most famous fight, but Davis has been fighting for women, for healthcare, for communities, and for Texans her whole life. She had her first child while she was still in high school, and then went on to college and then to Harvard Law School. She survived a brutal opposition campaign that tried to keep her out of the Texas state Senate, and eventually ran for governor of Texas. Now she is running to flip the Texas 21st district from red to blue, a seat formerly held for decades by a climate-denying Republican, and now held by a corporate-PAC-funded Trump supporter.
“...quite often the most important voice in the room is not the loudest or most powerful, but the one you have to lean into to hear. I took that lesson to the classroom, raising my children, and serving my constituents in the state senate and became a better teacher, better parent, and better legislator. Listening to those voices, not the loud and powerful voices in Washington, is how we bring people together on issues like health care, jobs, and education.”
“I’m focused on pragmatic solutions to the challenges hardworking Iowans face. Together, we can make sure everyone has quality health care and education, and that Iowa’s economy thrives in every part of the state, and I’m committed to getting the job done.”