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Yesterday, Americans across the country celebrated Juneteenth, our newest national holiday. Black Americans have celebrated it for decades as the official end of slavery in the United States. Federally recognized since 2021, it’s now a day we’re all called upon to renew our efforts to build a more racially just society. 

That’s why today we are calling on our community to recognize Juneteenth by giving $5 or more to our Elect Black Women slate, created in partnership with Elect Black Women PAC, which is working to get more Black women elected locally.


Here are this year’s endorsed candidates so far: 

  • Ni’Aisha Banks, Chatham County, GA Commission: This is a special election on Sept. 19 to fill an open seat in District 2. The district lies within the city of Savannah, so Democrats are favored, though the most recent member was a Republican.
  • Catherine Hardrick, Snellville, GA City Council: Catherine is challenging incumbent Dave Emanuel for Post 1. She is a financial specialist and US Army veteran. The primary will be on Nov. 7 with a runoff on Dec. 5.
  • Stephanie Terry, Evansville, IN Mayor: Stephanie is the Democratic nominee for the Nov. 7 general election. The current mayor, a white male Republican, is retiring, so this is an opportunity for a three-for-three flip. Evansville has never had a female mayor.
  • Robin Wonsley (I), Minneapolis, MN City Council: Robin was first elected to the City Council last cycle, when she defeated a 14-year incumbent. Before that, she was active in the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020.
  • Adrienne Hood, Columbus, OH City Council: Adrienne is the mother of Henry Green, who was shot and killed by Columbus police in 2016. She’s challenging a Democratic incumbent in the Nov. 7 general election.
  • La Tasha Williams, Dauphin County, PA Judge: La Tasha is one of two candidates vying in the Nov. 7 general election for a single seat on the Court of Common Pleas. The county includes Harrisburg, but also enough rural areas that it is competitive.
  • Sabina Matos, US Congress, RI-1: Sabina is the current Lieutenant Governor and a frontrunner to replace retiring US Rep. David Cicilline. This is a safe Democratic district and a prime opportunity to elevate Black women in Congress. The Sept. 5 primary is crowded, including with state legislators, but Sabina is the frontrunner.
  • Sharon Hurt, Nashville, TN Mayor: Sharon, an at-large City Council member, is in a crowded race that includes two male frontrunners, both of whom are white. Nashville has never elected a Black mayor. The nominally nonpartisan general election is Aug. 3, with a runoff scheduled for Sept. 14.
  • Zulfat Suara (I), Nashville, TN City Council: Zulfat was the first Muslim elected to office in Tennessee. She led the charge to reinstate Rep. Justin Jones after his expulsion from the legislature.
  • Joy Styles (I), Nashville, TN City Council: Joy is a graduate of Emerge Tennessee who was first elected to represent District 32 in 2019.

Give $5 now to each of these women on our Elect Black Women slate.

There are also three endorsed candidates competing in today’s Virginia primaries: Susan Hippen (District 96), Kimberly Pope Adams (District 82) and Destiny LeVere Bolling (District 80). We’ll follow up later this week with results. 

Thanks, and happy Juneteenth!

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