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 SlotkinStates see surge of scams, price-gouging tied to pandemic Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Sanders looks to regain momentum in must-win Michigan 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 SpanbergerJuan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Security contractor Erik Prince reportedly recruited ex-spies to help Project Veritas infiltrate liberal groups Hillicon Valley: Barr offers principles to prevent online child exploitation | Facebook removes misleading Trump census ads | House passes bill banning TSA use of TikTok 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 LuriaOvernight Defense: Pentagon curtails more exercises over coronavirus | House passes Iran war powers measure | Rocket attack hits Iraqi base with US troops 5 states to watch on Super Tuesday Establishment Democrats rallying behind Biden 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 CarterHegar advances to Democratic runoff in Texas Senate race The 14 other key races to watch on Super Tuesday Gun control group plans to spend million in Texas in 2020 MORE (R-Texas) last year, has announced she will challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in 2020.