We are just under eight weeks from the “off-year” Election Day 2021, the *most important* weeks of any election year.
That’s why this week we’re debuting our 2021 Top Races slate, a collection of this year’s races where your donation can make the biggest impact.
The slate is curated from our Elect Black Women PAC partnership, our Shirley’s List slate of Black women getting their start in local politics, the most-competitive Virginia races, and the top mayoral races. We’ll feature all of these slates individually over the next eight weeks too.
Right now you’ll see three main ‘themes’ represented on the slate:
#1: Holding Democratic control in Virginia, by electing Hala Ayala as lieutenant governor and re-electing Wendy Gooditis to House of Delegates District 10.
Polling in the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s races has been within 5 points, and Wendy is sitting in the most vulnerable seat held by a Democratic woman.
#2: Growing the ranks of Black women mayors, by electing India Walton in Buffalo, Felicia Moorein Atlanta and Sandra Williams in Cleveland.
Felicia and Sandra are in crowded top-two primaries, with Cleveland’s scheduled for Sept. 14and Atlanta’s for Election Day with a runoff after if no candidate breaks 50 percent. India won an upset against the Democratic incumbent earlier this year, but now he’s mounted a write-in challenge.
#3: Growing Black women’s power in local government, by electing LaTonya Tate to the Birmingham City Council, Susan Hutson as New Orleans Sheriff, and Maraleen Shields as Lehigh County, PA Judge.
The general election in Birmingham and primary in New Orleans are coming up Oct. 9, and both LaTonya and Susan are up against incumbents. Maraleen is one of six candidates for three open seats on Lehigh County’s highest court; she would be the first Black woman to serve.
And keep an eye on your inbox for updates on these and other races during the critical final weeks of the 2021 election season.