Women and Politics

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Jennifer Brunner: Changing the Political Paradigm

This post was submitted and co-written by Julie Daniels, WCF Political Programs Manager. WCF believes so strongly in Jennifer Brunner’s candidacy that they sent Julie to work on the ground in Ohio for her campaign.

It’s the final day before the Ohio primary election aboard Jennifer Brunner’s Courage Express. We’re headed to Cleveland for an immigration rally, Cleveland Cavaliers watch party, and to visit a senior center.

Even after months of campaigning and three straight weeks of riding around on an old school bus, Jennifer is still going strong. When our team is exhausted from the long and hectic day, it’s Jennifer that keeps us going. It seems that her conviction overrides all the fatigue and bumps in the road.

And it’s this spirit of determination that will empower her to improve the lives of both Ohioans and Americans in the U.S. Senate.

As Secretary of State, Jennifer faced a broken and corrupt election system. In less than two years, she was able to reform Ohio’s elections to be fair and honest. She makes decisions based on what is right—not party politics. And with our current partisan deadlock in Congress, we need people who will stand up and make tough decisions for the right reasons.

Jennifer is running for U.S. Senate because it’s the right thing to do—because she knows that the Senate needs her. It needs her because of her bold leadership and fair decision-making abilities; because she is not a Washington insider; because she can successfully collaborate; because she is a true public servant; because she’s running for office to get things done; and, yes, because she’s a woman.

Jennifer Brunner is a shining example of why WCF exists—to support women who make the decision to run for office—despite the odds, and even when the system gets in their way. WCF is here to help clear the path, chop through the weeds, and guide talented women through their candidacy.

Thank you, Jennifer for making the decision to run for higher office—so few women do— perhaps because of all the adversity demonstrated in your campaign. Thank you for not listening to the people who told you no. Thank you for giving me the drive to continue our efforts to increase the number of women considering and running for elected office.

We need more women like Jennifer to stand up, face the wind, and make the decision to run for office—despite the inevitable obstacles and resistance. If we had more women like Jennifer Brunner in office all across the country, the U.S. would be better positioned to truly serve the needs of each and every American.

Today, the Brunner campaign is going full-speed ahead in Cleveland. The Courage Express has traveled an amazing 5,000 miles in just three weeks. We’ve been to every region of the state, meeting groups large and small.

This race is far from decided, and WCF will stand by Jennifer as she makes history and attempts to change the political paradigm for women, for a new generation of voters, and for a county in great need of Courage.

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