First things first: if you didn’t know by now, the 2018 midterm elections have a record number of women running for seats in the House and Senate (417 women filed to run!), according to a report from Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. And as far as the primaries go, they’re killing it. Some of these women are shaking things up and making history in more ways than one.
According to the Victory Fund website, more than 114 LGBTQ candidates have run in the 2018 primaries. Among them are three incredible LGBTQ women of color who are poised to change the game this year.
Gina Ortiz Jones: Running for U.S. House of Representatives (D-TX)
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As a first-generation American, and one who has worked in national security for over 14 years, the election and this administration's actions have shocked me to my core. There is too much at stake to stay on the sidelines. Go to www.ginaortizjones.com, to learn more about why I'm running for TX-23. #ginaortizjones #TX23 #texasdemocrats #ginaforcongresss
Jones grew up as the daughter of a domestic worker and a first-generation American, which drives her platform to “ensure the most vulnerable” citizens have opportunities for advancement. Jones graduated from Boston University after a four-year Air Force ROTC Scholarship and went on to become an Iraq war veteran. She was also recently endorsed by Elizabeth Warren in her run for a House seat. If elected, she will be the first openly LGBTQ person elected to Congress from Texas (not to mention the first Iraq War Veteran and first Filipina).