Elissa Slotkin talks about growing up on a farm, working for the CIA as a Middle East Analyst and the impact her mom has had on her life.
When we asked her about the moment she decided to run Elissa had this to say, “The big moment was when the House of Representatives decided to repeal the ACA last year. For me, because of my mom’s illness (she has since passed away from ovarian cancer) this is very personal. My mom’s insurance lapsed and they wouldn’t do the tests she needed until they had the check for thousands of dollars to cover the costs.”
Elissa talked about what she thinks the impact will be with so many women running for political office, “There are amazing stories of women running for the first time. Stories of competent people running. And what really changes is when you have a big group of people coming in. That’s when you have real cultural change.”
Find out more about Elissa Slotkin, who’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District: ElissaForCongress.com
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Michigander Congressional candidate, Fayrouz Saad talks about her involvement with Detroit’s revitalization project and how her parents came to the U.S. over 40 years ago and inspired her to go for her dreams.
When we asked Fayrouz about what she learned from her parents, she said, “They taught me there are so many opportunities here if I work hard. I am the product of the American Dream.”
And what about the impact of so many women running in 2018? Fayrouz had this to say, “Women are changing the face and definition of leadership and power in this country.”
Kristin Bonds is running for Congress in the 11th District in Michigan. She talks about how her famous father (Bill Bonds) impacted her life and encouraged her to go for her dreams.
We asked Kristine about any advice her dad had for her. She said, “My dad told me to work hard, work smart and that there are no boundaries.”
Kristine reflected on the moment she decided to run for congress, “I remember reading a book on Lincoln and Washington. I fell in love with their character and what they did for this country. And, I have a very supportive spouse.”
It was a great, insightful interview with Gretchen Whitmer who’s running for Governor of Michigan. Gretchen is so accessible, kind, powerful and an inspiration to the women running for political office.
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Gretchen Whitmer talks about her run for Governor, her love of Michigan and her insights about this very special year for women and politics.
When we asked Gretchen about being a native Michigander, Gretchen says, “I’m proud to be a Michigander. Twenty percent of the fresh water in the world is here. ” When we asked her about the moment she decided to run, she reflects, “The Flint water crisis was the last straw.”
The challenges for running as a woman? “I’ve found I get compared to other women by men. But, I will carry my own baggage,” What about any insights for the first time women candidates? “Jump in.” Whitmer says. “When more women run, more women will win.”
It’s been a great few days in Texas on our Women2018 adventure. From Austin to San Antonio to Houston. We’ve met great candidates, had delicious meals, cruised down a river and drove a lot of miles (and flew a few too).
Now we’re back to California. Then off to Michigan to interview more candidates.
Airports aren’t just for getting on planes. There are lots of mini-adventures as you walk toward your gate. Like massage chairs! Did you know they’re in most airports? And very inexpensive. $1 for 3 minutes.
We’re headed back to LAX (Los Angeles)…And off to Michigan next. Stay tuned.
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After a great day interviewing Congressional candidate Lizzie Fletcher (www.LizzieFletcher.com) we sat in the Westin hotel lounge and had a fascinating conversation about women and politics with the cocktail hostess. It was truly enlightening. Too tired to hop in another ride share, we decided to walk across the street and voila…this wonderful new Houston restaurant had a table for two (it was Friday at 7pm!). Check it out. PotenteHouston.com
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