womenwinning is proud to announce first slate of endorsements in 2017
Starting the year strong, womenwinning endorses nine qualified and savvy pro-choice women at the local and federal level

Saint Paul, Minn. – Today womenwinning, Minnesota’s largest resource for pro-choice women in politics, is proud to announce its endorsement of nine candidates running for public office in Minnesota, ranging from Minneapolis City Council to United States Senate for the 2017 and 2018 election cycles.

The newly endorsed candidates include:

  1. US Senator Amy Klobuchar
  2. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (District 4)
  3. Jillia Pessenda for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 1)
  4. Raeisha Williams for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 5)
  5. Andrea Jenkins for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 8)
  6. Alondra Cano for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 9)
  7. Lisa Bender for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 10)
  8. Erica Mauter for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 11)
  9. Linea Palmisano for Minneapolis City Council (Ward 13)

“It is incredibly exciting to start off 2017 with  this slate of qualified, hard-working, pro-choice woman candidates running for public office at so many levels. These women will represent the values that we hold near and dear to us in Minnesota, and will make sure that a more diverse set of voices are heard at decision making tables in our state, and in our nation’s capital,” said Lauren Beecham, Executive Director of womenwinning. “We cannot wait to see the very real difference that will come from electing so many women who are ready to make change. Women around the country are rallying together in the dismal political climate, and these women will work tirelessly to lead the charge.”

Each of the candidates, whether incumbents or making their first foray into elected politics, has demonstrated a unique dedication to improving the lives of women in Minnesota through the power of elected office.

"I am humbled and deeply honored to receive the endorsement of an organization that supports pro-choice women candidates," said first-time candidate Andrea Jenkins, who will be the first transgender member of the Minneapolis City Council if elected. "As an African American, transgender woman I have a broad understanding of the issues challenging marginalized communities, and I look forward to working with womenwinning's statewide network of pro-choice allies, as well as other partners, to bring leadership, access, and equity to City Hall."

“After 2016, it is so gratifying to see pro-choice women continue to step up to lead,” says Beecham. “Our movement to elect pro-choice women is growing faster than we’ve ever seen, and it’s become more important than ever to support strong women leaders like our 2017 endorsed candidates.”

womenwinning’s endorsement comes with significant power. Through strategic campaign guidance, training, and financial support, womenwinning has helped to elect hundreds of women since its founding in 1982, including 259 since 2011 alone.

About womenwinning

womenwinning's mission is to encourage, promote, support, and elect pro-choice women of all political parties to all levels of public office. womenwinning runs a smart, strategic and targeted political program focused on districts deemed winnable for pro-choice women candidates with the goal of increasing the number of women serving in public office.

Each election cycle womenwinning’s strong wins build upon the success of the womenwinning Statewide Candidate Recruitment & Development Program.  womenwinning was established in 1982 by 25 multi-partisan, pro-choice women who wanted to increase the number of women in public office. Thirty-five years later, womenwinning is the largest and most influential statewide women’s PAC in Minnesota having raised millions of dollars and supported thousands of women candidates.