This month's list of endorsed candidates features several talented and accomplished women, all running in statewide and local races. WCF will be with them throughout the campaign season, as we work together to achieve gender equality in elected office.
This month was especially exciting, as we garnered a dramatic increase in applications for WCF's endorsement. We were also able to endorse women previously in our "Women Worth Watching" program, a distinction that gives guidance to women candidates during the earliest stages of our endorsement process.
In the coming month, WCF will continue our support of Secretary Elaine Marshall, who faces a runoff election on June 22nd and of Terri Sewell, who faces a runoff election on July 13th. Both are extraordinary women that deserve your support.
All the best,
Erin L. Cutraro
Vice President & Political Director
Women's Campaign Forum
PS: In honor of Father's Day, please sign our petition to get more women in government, to benefit all families!
Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter is running for Delaware State Treasurer. She was appointed to that position in 2009 by Governor Jack Markell. Previously, she served as the City of Wilmington's Finance Director for an 18-month term. As the first woman to hold this office, Jones-Potter oversaw the collection of $234,000 in delinquent parking tickets and increased city revenues by $1.3 million dollars. In the private sector, Jones-Potter served as Executive Vice President at MBNA America (now Bank of America) before launching her own successful management consulting firm, Jones-Potter and Associates. To learn more, visit Velda Jones-Potter's website.
Yvette McGee Brown is running for Lt. Governor of Ohio. She is the founding President of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an active leader in the central Ohio community. She served as a judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court, from 1993 to 2002. She was the first African-American and the second woman to be elected to the court. In 2002, Brown retired from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy. The Center is a multi-disciplinary child abuse and family violence program that co-locates prevention, assessment, treatment, research, advocacy, and education services for children and families experiencing abuse. To learn more, visit Yvette McGee Brown's campaign website.
Gina Raimondo is running for Rhode Island State Treasurer. Raimondo attended Harvard University where she was recognized as the top economics student and awarded a Rhodes Scholarship towards her doctorate at Oxford University. In 1998, Raimondo graduated from Yale Law School. Over the last 10 years, Raimondo and her partners have developed Point Judith Capital, an investment business she co-founded into a thriving firm, investing millions of dollars in over 20 start-up companies. At Point Judith Capital, she has worked with entrepreneurs to translate their innovative ideas, products and services into thriving healthcare and technology businesses, creating hundreds of new jobs in the process. Raimondo is an active member on the board of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, where she leads the board committee on quality of care. To learn more, visit Gina Raimondo's website.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice is running for Attorney General of New York. She was the first woman elected DA in Long Island's history in 2005. Rice's nationally recognized effort to combat drunk driving has led to statewide changes in DWI law. In 2008, CBS's 60 Minutes profiled Rice's work to reduce drunk driving, sparking a renewed national debate on local law enforcement's role in DWI prevention, prosecution, and education. In 2007, Rice launched an innovative, community-oriented strategy to eliminate one of Long Island's most prolific drug markets. The strategy paired traditional law enforcement methods with progressive social service diversion, job training, and education opportunities. The strategy was profiled nationally on ABC's PrimeTime and has since been adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice, where it has been utilized by communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit Kathleen Rice's website.
Shiva Farivar is running for Irvine City Council in California. Farivar was born in Iran, where she lived until she was three. Her active civic life began in 2005 when she was given the opportunity to work as the Mayor of Irvine's Executive Assistant. In that capacity, Farivar served as a community liaison, working directly with local educational, cultural, and non-profit institutions. In 2007, then Mayor Beth Krom appointed Farivar to serve on the Irvine Community Services Commission, where she has served as Chair since 2008. To learn more, visit Shiva Farivar's website.
Claudette Konola is running for Colorado Senate, District 7. Konola was Vice President at a major Denver bank for more than 30 years. Her second career has been working for non-profit lenders included managing the Mesa County Revolving Loan Fund at the Business Incubator Center in Grand Junction. She also held an executive position with Community Reinvestment Fund, a Minneapolis based not-for-profit making a secondary market for public-purpose loans. Konola is a nationally recognized expert on New Markets Tax Credits, and has delivered seminars on that topic across the U.S., including at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Other accomplishments include being Co-founder of Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Secretary/Treasurer of The Women's Bean Project and The Riverside Task Force, and the President of the Downtown Denver Business and Professional Women. To learn more, visit Claudette Konola's website.
Lisa Lesperance is running for the Florida House of Representatives, District 117. Lesperance has worked in the legal field most of her life, for Miami-Dade County as an assistant Clerk of Court and also clerk for several attorneys. She has personally handled thousands of cases throughout South Florida. She has experience in family, criminal, juvenile, probate, and domestic violence, and has appeared in the Third District Court of Appeal. Lesperance is a member of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Cuban American Bar Association, and The 11th Judicial Historical Society. Lesperance also volunteers with many local charities. She is an Emmaus Sister with her church, where she was also an assistant Youth Director. She served on the Catholic Charities Gala Committee. Lesperance is a member and former Board Member of the Coral Gables Woman's Club, a non-profit organization that runs a dental clinic for underprivileged children. To learn more, visit Lisa Lesperance's website.
Maryann Maher is running for the House of Delegates in Maryland, District 9A. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in computer science, for which she holds Bachelor and Master's Degrees. Currently, Maher is consultant while raising her two young sons and pursuing her passion for government and community affairs. She was a member of the Women's Leadership Network for the Maryland Democratic Party and continues her association with the League of Women Voters. Over the years, Maher has volunteered for many community organizations. She is a member of the Glenwood Lions Club, the Maryland Farm Bureau, and the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club. She served as a Spanish interpreter for the Montgomery County police department and was a member of the Election Commission while living in Westminster, Colorado. To learn more, visit Maryann Maher's website.
Councilwoman Rebecca McClellan is running for Arapahoe County Commissioner in Colorado. In 2005, McClellan was selected by her colleagues on the Centennial City Council to serve as Centennial's Mayor Pro Tem for one term. McClellan was unanimously elected by leaders across the region to serve as District Secretary for the Colorado Municipal League, where she serves on the Legislative Policy Committee. McClellan has also trained in economic development with the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. As the council liaison to the Cherry Creek School District, McClellan worked with Parent Teacher Organization leaders from the Littleton and Cherry Creek School Districts and led the successful effort to achieve a sales tax exemption in the City of Centennial for school organizations like PTOs. To learn more, visit Rebecca McClellan's website.
Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan is running for re-election in Georgia's House of Representatives, 39th district. Morgan made history at age 23 by becoming the first African-American to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives for Cobb County. Elected to her fourth term in November 2008, Morgan remains the youngest female member of the entire Georgia General Assembly. Morgan has become a statewide leader in the movement for education reform, bringing together an alliance of civil rights activists, education advocates, and faith communities to work with both parents and students to bring change to Georgia's education system. An advocate for more parental options in education, Morgan was instrumental in passing HB 881 during the 2008 legislative session which created the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, offering an alternate route for groups and companies seeking to establish charter schools. To learn more, visit Alisha Morgan's website.
Brittany Novotny is running for a seat in the Oklahoma House, District 84. In 2007, she started her own law practice in Oklahoma City focusing on employment and civil rights law, while also doing pro bono work for several clients. As a volunteer organizer Novotny has also been an active member of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As a member of the Young Democrats, she serves as a National Committeewoman. In 2009, RAIN Oklahoma presented Novotny with the Leadership Award for Community Action. Novotny also serves on the community advisory board for S.K.I.L. (Supporting Kids in Independent Living). Novotny also was honored by her colleagues with the Young Democrats of Oklahoma 2010 Woman of the Year award. To learn more, visit Brittany Novotny's website.
Representative Su Ryden is running for re-election in Colorado's General Assembly, District 36. Serving her first term, Ryden represents the area of east-central Aurora, and serves on two legislative committees, Business Affairs & Labor Committee and the Judiciary Committee. She has also served on the Aurora Fox Arts Center Board and the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission. She has been awarded the Aurora Chamber Women in Business "Unsung Hero" Award, the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission Elizabeth Johnson Award, and the University of Denver McDonough Award for Outstanding Service to Alumni. To learn more, visit Su Ryden's website.
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