Reprinted from Black Women In Politics.
Black Women Candidates Running for OfficeThere are Black women running for political office all over the United States, and we need to know who they are. It is abundantly clear that we need to start following the lead of Black women, because we show up and do what is important, even when we are being disenfranchised and sabotaged from doing the work. 2018 is especially important because midterm elections are coming up. We need all the information we can get.
We must highlight the organization, Higher Heights, which is doing WORK to get Black women running for office, including capacity building and training. Their #BlackWomenLead campaign is ensuring that voices are being heard and that sistah's are able to throw their hats in the political ring. They BEEN doing this. Visit the Higher Heights website to learn more about what they’re doing, and how to get involved or help.
When we went looking for a database of Black women running for office and couldn’t find a comprehensive one, us four Black women decided to create one. For the first round of this list, we had 100+ Black women candidates. We called for people to submit others who they know and that list is now at over 375.
These are ACTIVE candidates, so they are seeking their seats in 2018, and their elections will be happening this year.
Searchable list of 443 black women candidates running for office in 2018 in the U.S.
57 for federal seats, 179 for state seats, 190 for local seats and 17 not specified
168 in blue states and 275 in red states, 177 incumbents and 266 challengers
Browse Candidates by State Click a state to see its candidates. The number of candidates is shown in parenthesis.
Alabama (38)Alaska (1)Arizona (10)Arkansas (8)California (45)Colorado (4)Connecticut (3)Washington DC (7)Delaware (4)Florida (53)Georgia (41)Hawaii (0)Idaho (1)Illinois (56)Indiana (5)Iowa (3)Kansas (2)Kentucky (10)Louisiana (3)Maine (2)Maryland (77)Massachusetts (10)Michigan (16)Minnesota (12)Mississippi (4)Missouri (13)Montana (0)Nebraska (1)Nevada (7)New Hampshire (2)New Jersey (10)New Mexico (1)New York (18)North Carolina (24)North Dakota (0)Ohio (19)Oklahoma (6)Oregon (7)Pennsylvania (10)Puerto Rico (0)Rhode Island (2)South Carolina (8)South Dakota (0)Tennessee (27)Texas (76)Utah (1)Vermont (1)Virgin Islands (1)Virginia (5)Washington (4)West Virginia (2)Wisconsin (12)Wyoming (0)
Please note: This is purely a list of Black women running, and not an endorsement. Click on their names and websites to find out what their stances and beliefs are. Again: this is a database, not a vouching for. Think about it as a phone book.
If you or someone you know should be added to this list, fill out this form. Understand that this is a labor of love so updates won’t be made immediately. If there are errors, give us time to fix. Please DO NOT message us about additions or edits to the list. Use the form.
Reprint from https://blackwomeninpolitics.com/
RELEASE: Abrams for Governor Campaign Statement on 53,000 Voter Registration Applications on Hold with Secretary of State’s Office
Brian Kemp using power of office to silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters
ATLANTA -- Yesterday, the Associated Press reported that more than 53,000 voter registration applications are on hold with the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office. The report states that the Secretary of State’s office uses the “exact match” registration verification process that disproportionately impacts voters of color. Nearly 70 percent of the voter registrations on hold are from Black Georgians.
Today, Abrams for Governor Director of Strategic Communication Abigail Collazo released the following statement in response to the AP’s report:
“As he has done for years, Brian Kemp is maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters - the majority of them people of color. This isn’t incompetence; it’s malpractice. It is no surprise that Kemp is reprising these tactics now when multiple recent polls show his race against Stacey Abrams to be a dead heat, as her message of jobs, health care, and public education is resonating with voters. The Secretary of State’s office must do away with the discriminatory “exact match” program and process all voter registrations immediately. In addition, Brian Kemp needs to resign his position, so that Georgia voters can have confidence that their Secretary of State competently and impartially oversee this election.”