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Annie's List Announces Slate of Candidate Endorsements for May 6 Elections Across Texas

Annie's List
April 18, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2017
Contact: Marjorie Clifton, 202-510-5275

ANNIE’S LIST ANNOUNCES SLATE OF CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS FOR MAY 6 ELECTIONS ACROSS TEXAS

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Annie’s List announced it’s endorsement of 16 new candidates running in local elections across the state on May 6. Annie’s List has successfully supported Texas Democratic women in winning more than 100 races since it’s founding in 2004.

“Annie’s List is building a pipeline of women who are rising through the ranks statewide. Each of our races, from school board to city council, create a pathway to leadership and make a positive difference in the lives of millions of Texans. We know that Annie’s List candidates represent women and families and make big impacts on their communities, and that is our ultimate mission,” said Annie’s List Executive Director Patsy Woods Martin.

This election cycle marks a new trend for Annie’s List focusing on local level elections. The endorsed candidates include:

El Paso

Greater Dallas Area

Fort Worth

Greater Houston Area

San Antonio

Round Rock

The counties of Williamson, Collin and Denton have traditionally been Republican areas and will have races to watch. In cases like the Houston Independent School District, Annie’s List has seen success in shifting to Democratic majorities. And, in races like the San Antonio City Council Seat for District 6, Annie’s List will be running the only female candidate among a pool of six men.

Background
Since its founding in 2003, Annie’s List has directly contributed $4.5 million, trained thousands of women to run for office and women endorsed by Annie’s List have won over 100 races up and down the ballot, across the state.

In 2015, the Annie’s List team completed a new strategic plan to guide the organization through 2020. A strategic and enhanced focus on local races is one primary outcome of the planning. In the 2015-2016 election cycle women endorsed by Annie’s List won 20 seats in the State Legislature (seven new women in the Texas House), and nine women won local races in some of the biggest regions of the country.

Post-election, Annie’s List has seen unprecedented numbers of supporters signing up online; trainings for women to learn to run for office have been sold out; and a surge in activism through existing and pop-up communities working for progressive change, and specifically for equal representation in the halls of power.

Annie’s List holds the following principles, where by electing progressive, pro-choice women, Annie’s List promotes an agenda which:

  • Protects reproductive rights for women

  • Provides affordable and accessible healthcare for all Texas families

  • Creates equitable economic opportunities, wages and working conditions for women

  • Prevents violence against women and children and assists those who do become victims

  • Supports quality public education for all children

More information about Annie’s List and our programs can be found here: annieslist.com.

 

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