New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates

New group aims to support female veteran Democratic candidates
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A coalition of female freshman lawmakers aims to support female Democratic veterans running for office, according to The New York Times.

The group, called the Service First Women’s Victory Fund, aims to fundraise for new female Democratic candidates with backgrounds in national security and the military as well as develop a policy forums to highlight current officeholders.

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Ten new members of Congress sworn in this year are veterans of the military or intelligence agencies and all of them defeated Republicans in 2018. Female freshmen have also bucked tradition by helping one another’s campaigns, according to the Times.

"It’s not like half of us were running in really blue districts,” Rep. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death Hillicon Valley: Capital One faces investigation over massive breach | DHS warns of cyber vulnerability in small aircraft | Senate bill would ban 'addictive' social media features Democrats take another stab at preventing foreign election interference MORE (D-Mich.), who served at both the CIA and the Defense Department, told the newspaper. “We were all doing something that was really difficult. Other party officials, other members of our staff, said, ‘You don’t share your donors.’ ”

“People were struck by our stories during the campaign,” Rep. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border MORE (D-Va.), a former CIA officer who flipped a Republican seat in the suburbs of Richmond in 2018, told the Times. “We want to be part of encouraging other people running.”

The two join several others including Navy vet Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaThe House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Bipartisan group of lawmakers invites colleagues to tour DC's Holocaust museum Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal MORE (D-Va.) and Air Force officer Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.). The Fund will collaborate with the bipartisan organization New Politics, which recruits candidates with backgrounds in intelligence, the military and national service programs like Americorps and the Peace Corps. New Politics raised $7 million for candidates in 2018. In late April, another female veteran announced her candidacy: MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterTexas Democratic Senate candidate says she does not support Green New Deal Population shifts set up huge House battleground GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) last year, has announced she will challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in 2020.