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I 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.

I'd 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, Angela

Thanks 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 financial help.

    EMILY's List--which funds pro-choice Democratic candidates and I believe only Federal elections--but contact them anyway for referrals.

  • The 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, DC 20005.

  • The National Women's Political Caucus --they do trainings on women running for office.

  • Harvard University/Kennedy School of Government also has a "Women World Leaders" program run by Laura Liswood, but I'm not sure of their exact purpose.

I hope those suggestions help and good luck to you.


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