am a municpal employee, a proud
union member, and a dedicated
mother. I am also a candidate
for aldermanic district two
in the city of Milwaukee. Currently,
only three of the seventeen
Common Council seats are held
be women. That needs to change.
The alderman in my district
is stepping down after being
in office for thirty-two years.
I think it is very important
to have more women holding elected
office in our city, county,
state, and federal government.
I am running against three male
candidates in this election.
One other woman has also declared
her candidacy but I haven't
heard much about her so I don't
know if she will see it through.
like to know if you are aware
of any resources that would
help me in my campaign. I've
never run for office before
and I would appreciate any advice
or information that you can
offer. I an at a bit of a disadvantage
in relation to the male candidates
because they have more financial
support than I do. I have taken
out a small loan, but I have
to take a leave of absence from
my job to campaign. I think
it is unfortunate that our country
has come to a place where ethics
and integrity have taken a back
seat to the size of your campaign
fund. I look forward to your
response, and I was very excited
to find this web site. I'll
spread the word! Sincerely,
for your note to Feminist.com--and
for your candidacy. They say
that the only way for women
to win is for women to run--so
thanks for taking that first
step. Also, the best place both
to start and to make a difference
is at the local level, so you
seem to be doing everything
right. There are a few organizations
devoted solely to women running
for office, therefore, I suggest
that you start with them. Some
focus only on federal elections,
but their resources should be
able to help you nonetheless.
They can provide "how to" information,
references and also potential
List--which funds pro-choice
Democratic candidates and I
believe only Federal elections--but
contact them anyway for referrals.
Women's Campaign Fund--again
they support pro-choice/pro-women
candidates: (202) 393-8164,
Fax: (202) 393-0649, 734 15th
Street NW, Suite 500, Washington,
Women's Political Caucus
--they do trainings on women
running for office.
School of Government also
has a "Women World Leaders"
program run by Laura Liswood,
but I'm not sure of their
I hope those suggestions help
and good luck to you.