Election Day 2021 is in less than two weeks, and while the national political energy is focused on Virginia, citywide elections are where most of the action will be on November 2.
That’s why WomenCount is watching six close races (and seven candidates) where women are vying to win or maintain or gain control of the city’s top office. They need your help now to make the most of these final 13 days.
To remind you, those seven candidates are:
- Felicia Moore, who’s running for an open seat in Atlanta, in a crowded field that includes a former mayor.
- LaToya Cantrell, the incumbent mayor of New Orleans, who is facing a slew of primary challengers. (The election will actually be on Nov. 13, a delay caused by Hurricane Ida.)
- India Walton, who won a primary earlier this year but is now facing a write-in challenge from Buffalo’s incumbent mayor.
- Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George, who are both running to be Boston’s first woman of color elected mayor.
- Lorena Gonzalez, a city council member who is a slight underdog in a tight two-person race in Seattle.
- Joyce Craig, the incumbent mayor of Manchester, NH, who is facing two credible Republican challengers.
This is your last chance to help preserve and build women’s leadership in key cities. And it’s an especially critical opportunity for women of color to claim historic firsts in Boston, Buffalo and Seattle.
Women make up only 25 percent of mayors of major US cities, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. We need to up that number.