Minnesota Organization Empowers Women to Run for Office

November 19, 2017 07:01 PM

Teury Marte is running for a county seat in her hometown in Massachusetts.

"I'm an immigrant and I will be running to represent everyone in my community regardless of where they came from,"  Marte said.


She is learning how to build a campaign based on her own passion and ideas from leaders at VoteRunLead.org.  

"VoteRunLead is a training powerhouse for barrier breaking woman who want to run for state and local office," Minnesota-based organizer Erin Vilardi said.
Vilardi says now through 2020, their focus is to recruit and train 30,000 women to run for political offices.

"There are 510,000  elected seats all across the country that means tons of local offices and there is definitely room for more woman," she said.

VoteRunLead.org announced State Representative Ilhan Omar as the keynote speaker of the organization's #RunAsYouAreNationalTraning, which was held over the weekend in Minneapolis. She is the first Somali-American to hold state office in the nation.

"I was never comfortable with being vulnerable and VoteRunLead was instrumental in making me comfortable in being vulnerable," Omar said.

According a VoteRunLead, Omar is a success story and was recently named in TIME magazine.

"I am strong believer in not needing permission to take up space as women," Omar said.

VoteRunLead organizers state more than 200 women from 33 states attended the event. An estimated 60 percent of the women were women of color, and 50 percent were women under the age of thirty-five.



Cleo Greene

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