Candidate Bootcamp Readying First Time Female Politicians


SOLEDA I AM SOLEDAD O’BRIEN. WELCOME TO “MATTER OF FAC.”
A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE
RUNNING FOR CONGRESS IN THIS
YEAR’S MIDTERM ELECTIONS. 309 FOR THE HOUSE, 29 OF THE
SENATE, AND IS AND WAS ARE
EXPECTED TO GO UP. THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE
DEMOCRATS. ACCORDING TO THE CENTER FOR
AMERICAN WOMEN IN POLITICS,
SINCE 2016 GUYS THAN 146%
INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN RUNNING FOR THE
HOUSE, AND 5% INCREASE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. BOTH PARTI HAVE GRASSROOTS
ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT WOMEN
CANDIDATES. MAGGIE’S LIST IS TO RECRUIT FEMA
CONSERVATIVES TO RUN FOR OFFICE
WHILE EMERGE AMERICA IS ONE
ORGANIZATION TEACHING FEMALE
DEMOCRATS HUNDRED MANAGE
SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS. WE WILL SPEAK TO THE EXECUTIVE
DIRECT OF MAGGIE’S LIST IN
JUST A MOMENT, BUT FIRST WE SENT
OUR CORRESPONDENT JESSICA GOMEZ
TO ARIZONA, WHERE EMERGE AMERICA
IS HOPING TO CLOSE THE POLITICAL GENDER GAP FOR THE DEMOCRATS. JESSICA: ON A SATURDAY MORNING
IN CENTRAL PHOENIX, A SURGE OF
WOMEN READY TO STEP UP.>>YOU NEED TO BE ASKING FOR
PEOPLE’S VOTE. JESSICA: THEY’RE PART OF EMERGE
ARIZONA’S CLASS NUMBER 6. FOR NEARLY 6 MONTHS, THIS
DIVERSE GROUP OF WOMEN,
DEMOCRATS FROM 24 TO 73 YEARS
OLD, HAVE SPENT THEIR WEEKENDS
LEARNING POLITICS 101.>>MOST PEOPLE ARE VOTING BY
MAIL. JESSICA: EMERGE ARIZONA AND 23
OTHER CHAPTERS AROUND THE
COUNTRY ARE BUSY DEATH
YOU CAN ADD AS MANY ACTIVIST
CODES AS YOU WANT. JESSICA: TEACHING WOMEN HOW TO
BUILD A CAMPAIGN TEAM,
FUNDRAISE, UNDERSTAND VOTER
DATA.>>LINDSAY AND PATRICE, YOU DO
CAN BRIDGE. JESSICA: AND GET OUT THE VOTE. THEY HAVE LITTLE, IF ANY,
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE. BUT MOST HAVE ALREADY FILED TO
RUN FOR OFFICE.>>I’M RUNNING FOR JUSTICE OF
THE PEACE.>>TOWN COUNCIL.>>SCHOOL BOARD.>>I HAVE BEEN ENVISIONING FOR
GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITIES SINCE I
WAS FIVE YEARS OLD. JESSICA: 28-YEAR-OLD ALEXIS
HERMOSILLO IS RUNNING FOR MAYO
OF EL MIRAGE, A CITY NORTHWEST
OF PHOENIX. HER FAMILY, WHO HAS BEEN IN EL
MIRAGE FOR SOME 70 YEARS ARE
LATINO, LIKE MOST HERE. BUT HERMOSILLO SAYS THERE ARE
TOO FEW LATINOS AND WOMEN
REPRESENTING THE
>>FOR ME IT’S IMPORTANT FOR
PEOPLE TO SEE PEOPLE WHO LOOK
LIKE THEM, PEOPLE WHO SOUND LIKE THEM, PEOPLE WHO COME FROM THE
SAME BACKGROUNDS THEY COME FROM. JESSICA: JERMOSILLO, TO HAS A
MASTERS IN JOURNALISM, SAYS HER
PLANS TO BECOME A NONPROFIT
EXECUTIVE CHANGED AFTER THE 20
16TH ELECTION.>>AS A WOMAN, EATING LATINA,
THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE, WHAT
THAT MEANT NOT ONLY FOR ME BUT
FOR MY FAMILY, LEFT ME
DEVASTATED FROM WANTING TO
CREATE CHANGE. JESSICA: HAZEL CHANDLER, THE
OLDEST MEMBER OF THE EMERGE
CLASS, FELT THE SAME WAY.>>IT IS HEARTBREAKING, AND I
COULD SIT HERE AND BE DEPRESSED
OR I COULD GET OUT AND DO
SOMETHING. JESSICA: A GRANDMOTHER OF SIX,
CHANNEL IS JUST SPENT HER LIFE
FIGHTING FOR WOMEN TO HAVE EQUAL
FOOTING. WITH A PASSION FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT, SHE SAYS RETIREMENT
WILL HAVE TO WAIT.>>WE HAVE TO CHANGE IT FROM OR
OUR CHILDREN DON’T HAVE A
FUTURE.>>YOU HAVE GOT TO LOOK AT WHO
IS RUNNING AND HOW MANY PEOPLE
ARE RUNNING. JESSICA: NADIA RIVERO AND
DAUGHTER SAKINA, BOTH MUSLIM,
WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE. THEY RUN A NONPROFIT FOR MUSLIM
KIDS, MANY WHO ARE REFUGEES.>>THERE IS A WHOLE GENERATION
OF KIDS WHO HAVE GROWN UP
CONSTANTLY HEARING ABOUT HOW
MUSLIMS ARE BAD, HOW THEY ARE
TERRORISTS. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT IT IS LIKE
FOR THEM. JESSICA: NEITHER HAS POLITICAL
EXPERIENCE, ALTHOUGH DAUGHTER
SAKINA DID DREAM OF RUNNING FOR
PRESIDENT IN FIFTH GRADE. THEN 9/11 HAPPENED. PART OF WHAT DROVE ME TO GET TO
WHERE I AM TODAY IN WANT TO RUN
IS FIGURING OUT WE DON’T NEED TO
HIDE OUT ANYMORE AND WE NEED TO
STAND UP FOR OURSELVES AS A
COMMUNITY. JESSICA: LIKE OTHERS HERE, THEY
SAY THE CLASS HAS GIVEN THEM THE
CONFIDENCE TO DO IT.>>WOMEN RUN FOR PTA AND FUN
RACE FOR THE PJ, AND EMERGE
ARIZONA TEACHES THESE WOMEN THAT
IF YOU CAN FIND RACE FOR THE PJ,
YOU CAN FUNDRAISER FOR YOURSELF. JESSICA: CLOSING THE GENDER GAP
IN POLITICS HAS BEEN AN UPHILL
BATTLE, BUT HERE IN ARIZONA, THE
NUMBERS ARE BETTER THAN MOST. WOMEN MAKE UP 40% OF THE STATE
LEGISLATURE, AND VOTERS HAVE
ELECTED MORE FEMALE GOVERNORS
THAN ANYWHERE ELSE. AND EMERGE WOMEN ARE AMONG THOSE
WHO ARE WINNING HERE. ER PHYSICIAN AND EMERGE ALONG
HIRAL TIPPIRINI STIFFED LOCAL
AND STATE RACES AND WENT FOR
U.S. CONGRESS FROM WINNING HER
PRIMARY.>>I THINK IT BEHOOVES WOMEN TO
REMEMBER, BE EMPOWERED, REMEMBER
HOW IMPORTANT YOUR VOICE IS,
BECAUSE WE NEED YOU CAN WE NEED
THOSE VOICES. JESSICA: VOICES, THEY SAY, THAT
ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF
POLITICAL LEADERSHIP.>>THIS WHOLE WAY HAS WOKEN A
SLEEPING GIANT, AND I DON’T
THINK WE GO BACK FROM THIS. JESSICA: IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA,
FOR “MATTER OF FACT,” I AM A
JESSICA GOMEZ. SOLEDAD: LAST YEAR VOTERS
ELECTED 152 EMERGE AMERICA
GRADUATES NATIONWIDE. WHEN WE COME BACK, THE NUMBER OF
REPUBLICAN W

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