Presidential headaches aside, we’re optimistic about this election year. 2016 is looking greener, younger, and more diverse — and that is a good thing.
Consider our Rachel’s Action Network endorsed candidates:
- Catherine Cortez Masto, the former Nevada attorney general now, seeking the Senate seat of retiring Senator Harry Reid. She is terrific! As the chief law enforcement officer in Nevada, she is well known as a champion of women and families.
- Katie McGinty, a former environmental official seeking a Pennsylvania Senate seat. McGinty just won a contentious 3 way primary and will face incumbent Senator Pat Toomey. A lot of us know her from her tenure at the Council of Environmental Quality under President Bill Clinton. If there is a champion of the environment out there, she’s it.
- Nanette Barragan, is an attorney running in California’s 44th district. Barragan stood up to the oil industry when they wanted to drill in Santa Monica Bay, and stopped them. She is as impressive and determined as you would want a representative to be.
- Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is running for the U.S. Senate in Illinois against incumbent Senator Mark Kirk. Duckworth, a former helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and a strong advocate for Veterans was awarded the Purple Heart after injuries suffered from a rocket grenade in the Iraqi War. In the House of Representative, Duckworth has worked tirelessly for families and small businesses.
- Senator Patty Murray of Washington State is seeking reelection to the seat she’s occupied with panache since 1992. She is one of the few members of Congress who has been able to break through the partisan gridlock to help families and solve problems. As the 4th ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, she knows how to get things done.
We are also watching closely the races of Patty Judge in Iowa and Ann Kirpatrick in Arizona. Both of them are strong women taking on incumbents — Charles Grassley and John McCain respectively. We will keep you posted on their progress over the summer months.
We couldn’t be more excited about these candidates. They are impressive and, this year, Rachel’s Action Network is making them our top priority! They will bring fresh solutions and perspectives to the many pressing issues we face when they win in November. Remember the budget showdown two years ago, it was the women in the Senate who broke the impasse. When women lead, our families win and the environment wins.
If there are environmental champions out there, we will find them and support them. All campaigns have their own websites and google can give you lots of information, BUT if you want to discuss any of these candidates in further depth or any other women running for office, please join us!