Stacey is leading the fight to turn Georgia blue from her seat as the Minority Leader of the Georgia General Assembly. She’s putting together a slate of the next generation of leaders to make progressive change a reality in the Peach State. And why is she putting so much effort into doing so? Here’s how she put it at the PowerPac+ event at the Democratic National Convention back in July. “The reasons women of color are important, three things: It’s math, mission, and money. The math is that we are the most powerful force in the country. We are voters, we are activists, and no matter where we stand, we are the center of attention when we get there. The mission is, that we, more than anyone else in this nation, understand what it means to be at the bottom. Because we’re usually at the center holding up everything else, being crushed by what is out there. And too often, our needs are the last needs heard and acknowledged, but we are always first to say that more has to be done. The money decides where the attention goes. How you spend your money depends on how you get your money. And the reality is, our tax structure is set up to take as much money from women of color as possible knowing that they have the least amount of power to get it back.”
Catherine Cortez-Masto - US Senate, Nevada
Nevada’s Attorney General has built programs at a statewide level to combat drug abuse, elder abuse, sex trafficking and domestic violence. A former federal prosecutor, her leadership with law enforcement has also led to better protections for consumers, homeowners and families across the board in the Silver State.
Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature
Mary is running for re-election for District 75. She broke barriers in 2012 when she became Texas' first openly pansexual Latina running for state legislator from El Paso, Texas. Since 2012, Mary has served on the Public Education and Agriculture and Livestock Committee. During that time, she has authored numerous bills to improve public schools, increase economic development, and support agriculture in District 75 and throughout the state. As a result of her accomplishments, she was named "Freshman of the Year" by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, a "Champion of Equality" by Equality Texas two sessions in a row, and the 2015 "Advocate of the Year" by the same organization. She is currently serving her second term as Treasurer for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and was recently elected Secretary in newly-formed House Border Caucus. Mary has been recognized by Latino Leaders Magazine for her leadership, one of ten "Next Generation Latinas" by Latina Magazine, and as one of the 10 newly-elected politicians to watch in the nation by NBC Latino. You can read more about Mary HERE.
Since her election as state Attorney General in 2010, Kamala Harris has been a fierce advocate for the people of California. She actively defended marriage equality during the battle over Proposition 8, successfully brought charges against major corporate polluters, and orchestrated the largest foreclosure reform package in the nation on behalf of California homeowners. Kamala recognizes that California leaders must be “smart on crime,” and she has combated transnational gang activity and dismantled several major human trafficking operations. Born in Oakland to an Indian American mother and Jamaican American father, Kamala is the first female, first African American and first Asian American to serve as Attorney General for the state of California. On January 13, 2015, Kamala announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You can read more about Kamala HERE.
Pramila Jayapal - US Congress, Washington 7th District
Pramila is a Washington state senator who has spent the last twenty years working both internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrants', civil, and human rights. In the state legislature, Pramila has been a champion for access to healthcare, and commonsense gun safety and civic engagement as well as for women, workers, students, communities of color, low-income communities, immigrants and refugees. She led one of the largest voter registration efforts in Washington State, helping over 23,000 new Americans to register to vote. In May 2013, Pramila was recognized as a White House “Champion of Change.”
Jane Kim - California State Legislature
Jane Kim is current San Francisco Supervisor and candidate for State Senate, District 11. Jane is a proven progressive leader who has fought to expand access to affordable housing, protect renters, close the income gap and improve public schools. Jane understands that the major challenges we face are not just local issues - they are statewide and even national issues and require support at the broadest levels. She is running for Senate to ensure we have a representative in Sacramento who will work to address those challenges – housing the homeless, creating more affordable housing, family-sustaining jobs, relieving transit gridlock and strengthening public education. You can read more about Jane HERE.
Victoria Neave - Texas State Legislature
Victoria is a candidate for District 107. Born and raised in the Pleasant Grove area of Dallas, Texas, Victoria Neave comes from humble beginnings. After becoming involved in civil rights advocacy groups at a young age, Attorney Victoria Neave decided to attend law school so she could fight for justice in our courts. Victoria has long been involved in community groups. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of La Voz del Anciano which serves the elderly population of the city of Dallas. She also serves on the 2013 Board of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, is a member of the 2012 Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class and served as the 2012-2013 Region XII Representative for the Hispanic National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. You can read more about Victoria HERE.
Deborah Ross - US Senate, North Carolina
Throughout her time in the State House, Deborah always fought to hold government more accountable. She championed ethics reforms and argued against measures that made it harder for North Carolinians to cast their ballots — a battle which is still ongoing. She pushed through laws to improve justice for victims of domestic abuse. In the midst of the Great Recession, she helped pass measures to safeguard families against predatory lending practices and foreclosures.
Zephyr Teachout - US Congress, New York
Zephyr is a national leader, speaking up against the corruption of our political system by special interests and big corporations. Just before running for Congress she was even writing a book about the small business economy. Now she is running for Congress to raise up the voices of people who have been shut out of the political process and bring those voices with her to Washington.
Michael Tubbs - Mayor of Stockton
Michael Tubbs is running for Mayor of Stockton. In 2012, he was elected as the youngest city councilmember in Stockton, California’s history, earning more than 60% of the citywide vote. While in office Michael has established literacy programs in concert with the Housing Authority, and the University of the Pacific, drafted and passed Ban the Box legislation, piloted an anti-recidivism back to work program, and has created community wide coalitions such as the San Joaquin County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, Reinvent South Stockton Coalition, and the Black Community Crusade. A Stanford alum, he is the founder of The Phoenix Scholars and the Summer Success and Leadership Academy at the University of the Pacific. He is currently a fellow and lecturer at the design school at Stanford University. You can read more about Michael HERE.