If we flip the House this year, we’ll have women of color to thank.
Currently, they make up only 7 percent of Congress. But not only are women of color the most reliable Democratic voters, they’re stepping up to compete in races up and down the ballot at an unprecedented rate.
That’s why they’re our second slate of women running to keep Democratic seats blue and flip Republican-held ones.
- Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) is a healthcare policy expert who expanded health education programs at Florida International University. She’s running to unseat incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo, whose district swung heavily to Hillary in 2016.
- Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23) served as an Air Force intelligence and trade enforcement officer in the Obama Administration. Now, she’s hoping to defeat incumbent Rep. Will Hurd in a district that went to Hillary by 1 point.
- Pat Spearman (NV-4) currently represents North Las Vegas in the Nevada state Senate, and was the first openly lesbian member of that body. She’s running to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen that he won by only 1 point in 2016.
- Dr. Mai-Khanh Tran (CA-39) is a pediatrician who came to the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam. She’s practiced medicine for the last 25 years, but now has her sights set on the tossup seat held by retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce.
- Lauren Underwood (IL-14) worked as a policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services under Obama. Now, she’s vying to unseat incumbent Rep. Randy Hultgren in a district that went for Trump by a mere 3 points.
Democrats must support the next generation of women of color who want to lead if we want to take back Congress this year, and win the White House in 2020.