You’re going to hear this again and again — the road to winning back the House runs through California and New York.
Of the 33 districts the DCCC is targeting as Districts in Play win-back targets, eight are in California and six are in New York. All of the New York districts are ones that voted for President Biden in 2020, while the California districts are more mixed but still competitive.
We’ve selected women running in six of these CA and NY districts for our first Take Back the House slate of flippable seats. Chip in $5 or more to give each of them a head start in what will likely be competitive primaries.
Multiple women are running in some of these districts, so you can either give to all—because it’s important to fund women early so they are competitive in the early stages—or customize your donation if there’s a particular candidate you like:
- Allyson Muñiz Damikolas (CA-40) is so far the only declared Democratic candidate in this R+2 district held by Rep. Young Kim. Allyson is currently a trustee on the Tustin Unified School Board.
- Cheyenne Hunt and Kim Bernice Nguyen (CA-45) are both vying for the nomination in this heavily Asian-American D+2 district held by Rep. Michelle Steele. Cheyenne is a community organizer and Kim is a member of the Garden Grove City Council.
- Anna Kaplan (NY-3) is the only woman among a field of four Democrats eager to take on corrupt Rep. George Santos. The district is D+2, but currently rated as Lean D by Cook. Anna is a former New York state senator.
- Laura Gillen and Sarah Hughes (NY-4) are the two leading candidates in this exclusively female (so far) Democratic primary for the D+5 district held by freshman Rep. Anthony D’Esposito. Laura is the former Hempstead town supervisor who ran and barely lost last cycle, and Sarah is a gold medal-winning Olympic figure skater who later became a lawyer and is now getting an MBA.
- Liz Gereghty (NY-17) is the leader in the primary for this D+3 district held by freshman Rep. Mike Lawler, but former Reps. Mondaire Jones and Sean Patrick Maloney are considering joining. She is a current trustee on the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board and the sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
- Sarah Klee Hood (NY-22), a US Air Force veteran, ran for this D+1 district last cycle but was defeated in the primary. She’s up against another strong male challenger this year. The incumbent, freshman Rep. Brandon Williams, has not announced yet.
With abortion rights near the top of voters’ list of concerns, women are the best messengers this cycle. Let’s make sure they’re our nominees.