Monday, 12 November, 2018

Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections

Max Rose in October 2018 Max Rose in October 2018
Leonard Rios | 08 November, 2018, 11:41

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators.

This year's U.S. midterm elections have already made history, with a record number of women, Native Americans, and Muslim candidates running for office.

Pressley was the first black woman on Boston's City Council, and she defeated 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary.

They'll join a record 25 Democratic women who are heading to Congress for the first time after Tuesday night, helping Democrats take the House of Representatives even as the party lost key Senate and governors' races. Meanwhile the Arizona senate race is too close to call, but either Republican or Democrat, the victor will be the state's first woman in the seat. Women make up roughly a third of the Democratic caucus, so they'll have a more powerful voice in the majority than Republicans had when they controlled the House, according to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. In Georgia, domestic workers organized by Care In Action contacted more than 500,000 voters and sent almost 1.5 million text messages in support of Stacey Abrams for Governor - 90% of those activists were women.

Some of Tuesday's black female pioneers, like IL nurse and Democrat Lauren Underwood and CT teacher and Democrat Jahana Hayes, were first-time candidates. And although she has some age on Ocasio-Cortez - she's turning 30 in December - Finkenauer is still one of the youngest people ever elected to the House. (Republicans retained control of the Senate.) This means we might see Trump's tax returns after all, and we'll likely not have to go through another Affordable Care Act repeal in the next two years. In July 2004, she took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. - becoming the first woman to command a fighter squadron.

"Together, we made history!"

■In Connecticut, educator Jahana Hayes won the state's Fifth District race and will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in the House. Polis is also the state's first Jewish governor.

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Mel B said Posh would be joining the girls for their Wembley date, to which the girls laughed. Followers were quick to suggest the lyrics are actually "HI C Ya" or even "I See You".

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Encouragingly, Inter has been solid defensively in recent weeks, keeping a total of seven clean sheets in their last 19 matches. As for Barcelona , they can all but book their place in the round of sixteen with a victory against Inter on Tuesday evening.

Women made history in the 2018 midterm elections. South Dakota Republican US Representative Kristi Noem and Maine Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills were both elected to serve as governors of their home states.

These wins were mostly fueled by the Democratic Party, which put a record numbers of women on the ballot.

Nearly 80% of voters in a CNN exit poll said it's very or somewhat important that more women and racial minorities be elected to public office, with two-thirds of white voters agreeing.

The Hawkeye State has never sent a woman to the House - until now.

The historic totals capped off a campaign season in the wake of President Donald Trump's election that was defined in large part by female activism. Several were first-time candidates. Jason Crow won on a gun control platform in Colorado's 6th District (which includes the site of the Aurora theater shooting).

Conventional political wisdom says that every election is the most important election of your life, and if you're one of the women below, then this midterm election really was the biggest possible deal.

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