The below candidates are all on the ballot in their respective states Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Click on the links to find out how you can support their campaigns.
Candidates for U.S. Congress:
As a high school teacher, she played an active role in the lives of her students. And, later, as a tenured professor and chair of the Economics department at Spelman College, she worked in the local community as a member of the Atlanta City Council and the Georgia Board of Education, and later served in the General Assembly.
Gloria moved back home to South Carolina in 2011, to restore her family home and farm, work towards improving her community and teach in the College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She serves on the Board of Directors of two local community development organizations and for several years owned a small business that specialized in community economic development.
Born and raised in Savannah Georgia, Brian seeks to become one of the youngest ever elected to represent Georgia in Congress. Brian believes that by putting partisan politics aside, he can help bring jobs and prosperity back to Coastal Georgia and make sure the district's children and grandchildren have a bright and promising future.
Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of New Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators, having been elected to the Legislature for eight consecutive terms. Throughout her career, Bonnie Watson Coleman has been a dedicated and outspoken advocate for women, the poor, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable. She shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly and in November Bonnie could be the first African American woman elected to represent New Jersey in the United States Congress.
Among her many achievements in the Legislature, Bonnie was on the front lines in the fight to increase the minimum wage, to pass the Paid Family Leave Act and to create the Office of the Comptroller to battle waste, fraud and abuse in government. She sponsored legislation to allow victims of identity theft the capability to clear their names and continues to fight for the restoration of critical women’s health care funding and additional gun safety laws to keep our street and our children safe. She also worked to extend Urban Enterprise Zones and helped implement New Jersey’s Economic Opportunity Act to create jobs for New Jersey’s working families. Click here to read more about Bonnie!
Candidates for Statewide Office:
Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown has dedicated his life to public service. He understands that in these difficult times, Maryland needs leaders who are willing to stand up, sacrifice their own self-interest, and do the right thing in order to serve our communities. Working in partnership with Governor Martin O’Malley, Anthony has delivered results for Marylanders that have improved our health, strengthened our schools, created jobs, and helped our State weather the most significant economic crisis in generations. Click here to learn more about Anthony!
A resident of Denmark, South Carolina Bakari Sellers has served in the South Carolina Statehouse since 2006. At the time of his election he was the youngest serving member of the House of Representatives, and in the years since has proven to be one of the body’s most effective leaders.
Connie Stokes has strong leadership experience including, but not limited to serving as member of the Georgia Senate for ten years working with former Governor Roy Barnes in getting his legislation passed out of the senate. Additionally, Former Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor appointed Stokes to the leadership position of Chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services committee; where she directed the work for Healthcare legislation passing out the senate. She also served on the Senate Appropriations, Banking, and Insurance committees along with a host of other special purpose committees.
Doreen Carter's top three priorities are to improve the efficiency of the Secretary of State’s operating practices, work with Professional Organizations to insure the efficient processing of credentialing and renewals, and to end voter suppression.
Valarie joined the school board of the City Schools of Decatur in 2002 and became the moving force behind the establishment of the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, acting on research that shows that early childhood education is critical to success in the K-12 years.
As Board Chair from 2005-2011, Valarie helped to turn around the finances of the district. Through a forceful—if sometimes painful—reorganization, the district was able to move forward with no teacher furloughs or shortening of the school year.
Since 1973, Liz has helped thousands of individuals and families make important insurance decisions regarding the well-being of themselves and their families until she retired in 2013. Her industry qualifications include: customer service, administrative, management, formerly licensed property/casualty and life/health agent, pre-licensing instructor, recruiter, trainer and small business independent agency owner. With these broad range of experiences, Liz understands the various aspects of the Office of Insurance. She also fully understands the economic security you seek and the level of professional service you deserve and expect.
State Senator Nina Turner knows what it means to work hard. Born the oldest of seven children in Cleveland, Ohio, Nina took her first job at the age of 14 to help support her siblings and keep the family afloat. These circumstances could have held her back, but instead they taught her the work ethic, tenacity, and empathy she carries with her to this day. Because of these experiences, she wanted to be a bridge for young people like her. So, after working her way through college and graduate school, she decided to embark on a career in public service.
Regina Stewart Hampton is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas and a graduate from Hall High School Little Rock. She earned a degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Her work experiences include employment at the Arkansas Department of Health Vital Records, Shorter College, Baptist Medical Center and Baptist Health Schools of Nursing. Her most recent employment is with the Auditor of State office. She began serving under the administration of the Honorable Jim Wood (2001-2008) and currently serves under the administration of the Honorable Charlie Daniels.
As a Georgia State Representative, Robbin Shipp always placed service before self. She has spent a life time fighting for ordinary and hardworking Georgians. As the proud daughter of one of the first African Americans to serve as a Federal Air Traffic Controller, and as an active member of its Labor Union, at an early age Robbin was taught the value of hard work which has attributed to her current successful law practice.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Thad Hamilton has over 40 years of experience in agriculture and environment with 36 of those years with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS). Learn more about Thad here!
Candidates for State and Local Offices:
Seeking to become the first African American woman elected to the Kentucky State Legislature, this former Ms. Kentucky 2013 received her B.S. Cum Laude in Nursing from Berea College, her Masters of Science from the University of Louisville, and in August 2014, she will receive a PhD in Nursing. Ashley’s goal is to be a strong and clear voice to help lead Louisville into a more prosperous future. She will work in Frankfort to strengthen the middle class through a focus on education and job growth, and support small businesses. She believes it is critical to protect the rights of every citizen and she will stand up to special interests to ensure that right-wing extremism does not threaten Louisville families. Click here to read more about Ashley and support her campaign!
Patricia Richie-Folks has lived in Manassas for several years with her wonderful husband, John Folks, and together enjoy the love of their children and grandchildren. She feels called to public service by her affections for the City of Manassas and its residents, her desire to strengthen the city’s financial and educational standing, and her commitment to diversity and transparency regarding policy issues.