Last week, the Democratic mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, Leirion Gaylor Baird, met her Republican opponent, state Sen. Suzanne Geist, on stage for the first debate of the race, with at least one more scheduled before voters head to the polls on May 2.
The debate fell along familiar ideological lines: Leirion criticized Suzanne for backing draconian anti-abortion and anti-trans legislation, while Suzanne tried to hit Leirion on public safety—even though the Mayor has invested in public safety during her term.
This race is shaping up to be one of the closest partisan mayoral races in a major city, and there’s one other close partisan mayoral race in Jacksonville—plus a crowded Democratic mayoral primary and a two-candidates statewide primary—coming up in May.
The candidates are:
Donna Deegan, Jacksonville, FL Mayor: Jacksonville is one of the few US cities with a Republican mayor, so this is a potential pickup for Democrats. A recent University of North Florida poll has Donna leading her Republican opponent 48 to 47 percent. The general election is May 16.
Helen Gym, Cherelle Parker and Rebecca Rhynhart, Philadelphia, PA Mayor: Women are three of the current five frontrunners for Philly mayor, and we encourage you to give to at least one of them—or ALL so they are funded in the final days before the May 16 primary. If we had to distill these candidates into one word each, it might be:
Helen, the Activist — her background is in grassroots organizing around education and civil rights;
Cherelle, the Veteran — she’s a former state rep. and has been endorsed by the most fellow elected officials, including Philly’s city council president; and
Rebecca, the Technocrat — she most recently served two terms as the city controller, Philly’s fiscal watchdog.
Sierra Enlow, KY Agriculture Commissioner: Sierra is the only down-ballot Democrat running for statewide office in Kentucky who will face a challenger in the May 16 primary. She’s an Emerge KY alumna and currently sits on the Kentucky Association for Economic Development board.
We have less than two weeks until the first of these May elections, so please rush a donation of $5 or more to each of these women now—or customize your donation to give to whichever candidates speak to you.