June 08, 2021
From the nation's leading source on all things women and politics.
Primary Day in New Jersey and Virginia
It’s primary day in both New Jersey and Virginia, and in both states, voters are headed to the polls to send candidates to November’s general elections for statewide and state legislative offices. New Jersey is voting for its full legislature in today's primary, while Virginia is holding elections for just its lower chamber. In the 2019 off-year elections, women set records as general election candidates for both the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of New Jersey’s legislature, and the Virginia General Assembly, which is the full state legislative body of Virginia.

Full lists of candidates for statewide and state legislative offices are available at our 2021 Women Candidates page. In Virginia, which has never had a woman governor, two women are among the candidates vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in a race CAWP is following closely. Stay tuned to CAWP on Twitter for preliminary results from the 2021 primaries in Virginia and New Jersey ahead of our full results and analysis.
The Buzz 2022
We’ve launched our preliminary candidate list for the 2022 midterms, including women who are announced or are potential candidates for Congress and statewide elected executive offices. This list will be updated regularly in the lead-up to next year’s elections and will include filing and primary dates when that information becomes available. We’ve had two consecutive elections filled with record-breaking numbers of women candidates and election winners…will 2022 follow the trend? Keep track at The Buzz 2022: Potential Women Candidates.
“Our Nation Will be Stronger for It.” 
Cherry Hill, New Jersey Mayor Susan Shin Angulo sat down for a CAWP Q&A recently to discuss our new data resource on women in municipal offices. “Deliberate and resilient action to affect change at the local level can ensure our elected officials are truly representative of the communities they serve,” Mayor Shin Angulo told the CAWP team. “However, we must also continue the momentum at the national level and take an honest look at systemic racism, sexism, and xenophobia throughout every institution in this country, and we must persistently confront it head-on. This will take years if not decades, but our nation will be stronger for it.” Read the full piece on the CAWP blog and learn more about women in local office at our Women in Municipal Office fact sheet.
VIDEO: Empowering Asian American Women Political Leaders 
“These policies are being made for us, and if we’re not included in the decision making of those policies then we become excluded.” -Closter Councilwoman Jannie Chung

Last month, CAWP hosted a panel discussion about the importance of Asian American women’s political leadership and how to encourage and support more Asian women to become public leaders. The panel, moderated by Maneesha Kelkar, former executive director of Jersey Promise included Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo, Closter Councilwoman Jannie Chung, and U.S. Representative Andy Kim, founder of In Our Hands PAC. The panel discussed being role models for others, the importance of Asian Americans having a voice at policymaking tables, and ways to encourage more Asian Americans to get involved in political life. Full video of the event, which was hosted by CAWP’s Rising Stars steering committee, is available on our YouTube page.
Gender, Race, and Money in Politics: Campaigning as a Woman 
CAWP Senior Scholar Kira Sanbonmatsu joins a virtual panel discussion held by OpenSecrets on Monday, June 14th at 11am ET to elaborate on her work researching campaign finance and women as recipients and donors. The panel will discuss the challenges that campaigning presents for underrepresented candidates, the variables that create obstacles for women, especially women of color, to lead successful campaigns, and what happens when women win and are elected to office. Learn more about the event and register to attend here, and read the first report in the CAWP Women, Money, and Politics series, The Money Hurdle in the Race for Governor.
Women of Power 2021
We were unable to host our Women of Power annual networking reception due to the ongoing COVID crisis, but we still had an amazing show of support for CAWP programs through our Women of Power fundraising initiative. We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the Women of Power Host Committee for supporting Ready to Run® and NEW Leadership® virtual workshops serving thousands of participants across the country. We’re hopeful that a successful vaccine distribution will mean a return to in-person events and an opportunity to once again raise a glass and share a story with our friends and supporters.
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