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By Tryce Czyczynska – Socio-Political Writer
America’s 2016 election cycle may prove to be the most rewarding of this century. We stand at a historic time of extremism, and opportunity.
Run Women Run was founded as a non-partisan group seeking fair-minded, pro-choice women for appointed and elected offices. Our support of these women comes partly through our endorsements. Never before have we had such a powerful line-up of ideal candidates as we do today!
Our newly endorsed candidates, in national races, are:
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San Diego Campaign Office: (503) 840-2448
Candidate for: United States President
Hiring Hillary Clinton as our next President is a matter of national security, but that’s not all that’s at stake. Her record of service stands on its own, but in today’s political context, her experience is envied by all parties – conservative, moderate and progressive. At a time when Republican rhetoric is both rude and dangerous, and the Democratic presidential opposition is unrealistic – it is this reasonable woman with an unsurpassed resume, who can guide us with strength and stability, and show us kindness.
Too many Republican politicians, not just Donald Trump, want to turn back the clock on women and equal rights. From defunding Planned Parenthood, limiting access to reproductive health care and choice, stifling equal pay and paid leave, and restricting opportunities for women and girls – it’s clear the GOP leadership does not relate well to women. Nor, do they value the economic advantages of empowering women.
From this divisiveness alone, the Affordable Care Act is at risk of being repealed and the balance of the U.S. Supreme Court hangs in peril.
In contrast to dogmatic conservatives, Hillary Clinton’s life work shows her ability to reach across party lines. Always outspoken, she began her professional work by uplifting disadvantaged children before tackling broader concerns facing women. As a young attorney, Clinton worked at the Children’s Defense Fund. Here, she most notably, helped expand access to education for children with disabilities. As First Lady of Arkansas she helped establish the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.
As First Lady of the United States, she led the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Here, Clinton famously announced, “women’s rights are human rights.” At the time, this sentiment was considered controversial in many parts of the world. But, Clinton contends, by improving women’s lives, we improve all lives.
As Senator from New York, she championed access to emergency contraception and the Paycheck Fairness Act. She also won paid sick leave and parental leave for all federal employees. As Secretary of State, Clinton established an ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues and helped create the first U.S. strategy to prevent and respond to world-wide gender-based violence. Also, as Secretary, she traversed the globe building alliances with world leaders and advocating for respectful diplomacy.
During Clinton’s presidential campaign, she has kept the core issues women face, at the forefront. In April of 2016, in response to Trump suggesting she over-plays the “woman card,” Clinton retorted:
“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
On June 2nd, 2016, Clinton gave a riveting address on foreign policy to a cheering audience, right here in San Diego. It was a perfect setting, because regardless of our status as one of America’s top ten metropolitan cities, we are still a military town. We value thoughtful leadership. We know that curbing conflict is the smartest way to avoid combat.
In this speech, Clinton outlined her straightforward logic on key points of national security, while reminding us, in direct quotes from presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, how ill-informed and rash his views are. Not only would electing Trump be “a historic mistake,” Clinton said – it would be catastrophic for our safety as a nation and our economy.
Clinton is the type of leader our country needs. She has negotiated with the world’s toughest leaders under extraordinary circumstances, advised a President and administration with life altering decisions, has withstood 30 years of public scrutiny from the right, yet she believes in her heart that “we need more love and kindness in America (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nD1QaeeZ-gw).”
This stark contrast was pointed out in her foreign policy address on June 2nd, when she said:
“This election is a choice between two very different visions of America. One that’s angry, afraid and based on the idea that America is fundamentally weak and in decline. The other is hopeful, generous and confident that America is great – just like we always have been.”
Run Women Run was founded by women inspired to elect Clinton, when she ran for president in 2008. It’s with great pride and satisfaction that we get a second chance to promote Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton as our first Presidential endorsement. We aspire to make Hillary Clinton our first female President! It is our need, and it is her time.
Watch her entire San Diego speech here:
Susan A. Davis
Candidate for: United States House of Representatives, CA-53
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) is so effective and esteemed, that she has served in the U.S House of Representatives, for the 53rd district, since 2000 and she is consistently re-elected with over two thirds of the vote.
Davis is known as a great listener. Her Masters Degree in Sociology and her time as a social worker contributed to her people skills. She credits her time as a military spouse as what drove her to become a voice for families and those that serve our country. Her political life began in 1983 when she served on the San Diego School Board, until 1992.
From 1994-2000, Davis served in the California State Assembly. Over the years, her signature issues evolved – education, health care and consumer protection.
She routinely inspires bipartisan support so that more fair legislation passes, and the people and resources of her district are protected.
Davis currently serves on the Education and Workforce Committee and Armed Service Committee within the House and on almost 50 congressional caucuses including the Congressional Navy-Marine Corps Caucus, which she co-founded and co-chairs. She is also on caucuses addressing biomedical research, US-China labor relations, climate change, human rights, LGBT equality, mental health, mentoring, historic preservation, sciences, technology and mathematics, animal rights and more.
Davis is so committed to her diverse causes, that she’s been known to miss events, such as her own birthday party, in order to advocate for and vote for the causes that most concern her constituents.
Most notably, Davis is co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Fair Minimum Wage Act.
Not only has she secured better health care access for military personnel and their families, but she led an historic effort to push the most comprehensive package of legislative proposals addressing sexual assault in the military, ever. She continues to keep the issue of sexual assault in the limelight so that victims are advocated for and receive support, and prevention programs are in place while perpetrators are brought to justice.
Davis is proud that two of the women’s health provisions she authored were included in the final health care reform package of the Affordable Care Act. The Medicaid Birth Center Reimbursement Act assures that appropriate federal matching funds be allowed for state Medicaid payments to birth center fees. This helps keep birth centers accessible and affordable to mothers across the country.
Davis also authored the Women’s Obstetrician and Gynecologist Medical Access Now Act (The WOMAN Act) which prohibits health plans or issuers from requiring a referral or prior approval for women to see an OB/GYN. Now women across the country have direct access to reproductive health care experts, thus saving time and money, while expediting care.
This May, Davis was part of a bipartisan group that introduced a resolution to call on the European Union to designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization and Davis opposed a special interest energy bill that promoted fossil fuels instead of renewable energy, while it gutted the Endangered Species Act under the guise that it would provide drought ridden California with relief.
Davis’s knowledge is vast on the subjects she votes on. Yet her legislative priorities reflect what is most important to San Diegans:
Candidate for: United States Senate, CA
Kamala Harris is undeniably fierce. On May 10th, Harris and 4 other candidates vying for Barbara Boxer’s (D-CA) seat in the U.S. Senate, participated in a live debate held in San Diego and televised on KPBS. Knowing Harris is a front runner, her opponents repeatedly challenged her positions. Harris defended her actions or clarified the facts. Towards the end of the debate, when it was suggested she was soft on protecting the environment, Harris finally drew back to reply:
“I’ll say this. The people who have worked with me over my career, when I was a line prosecutor in Alameda County or District Attorney of San Francisco or Attorney General of California, one of the things I know they say about me is – Fearless. Yes. Reckless? No.”
Harris is reminiscent of Hillary Clinton, in that she is confident, but cautious, and ever-ready to know more on the topic at hand.
Harris has made history as the first woman, the first African American and the first South Asian Attorney General in California and she is the only person running for the U.S. Senate who has won statewide. However, it’s her track record of leading tough investigations, like predatory lending in both the mortgage industry and private colleges, that’s gained her respect by Californians and the attention of legislators across the States.
She is careful when prosecuting to consider the consequences of labeling someone or some company, as criminal, and wants to be a leader in “banning the box.” Current law requires job seekers to reveal their criminal past. She authored, Smart On Crime, which describes her efforts to reduce recidivism and help those on the sidelines reach middle-America again.
As CA’s Attorney General since 2010, she has combated human trafficking, gun violence and transnational gangs. She helped reduce elementary school truancy, secure online privacy and safety, while protecting our state’s natural resources. During the KPBS debate in San Diego, she pointed out that although we now see wars fought over oil, soon we will see wars fought over water.
Kamala Harris has a 100% rating with both the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and she sees protecting the environment as an issue of sustainability and national safety.
As a U.S. Senator, Harris will prioritize economic growth and true equality, in equal pay and in access to opportunity and quality education. She will fight for civil rights, immigration reform and the modernization of criminal justice. She admits, though, her list of priorities is exceedingly long.
It’s clear that Kamala Harris is driven by service to her communities. Her entire career has been serving the people of California – and what she calls, “the vulnerable and voiceless (www.kamalaharris.org/about-kamala/).”
She plans to continue her success as California’s next U.S. Senator.
Watch her lively speech at the California Democratic Convention in February 2016 here: