For immediate release, August 23, 2017
Contact: Jessica Taylor Erwin, IWPC Co-Chair, 515-681-5741
Iowa Women for Progressive Change Political Action Committee is proud to announce its inaugural candidate endorsements. IWPC PAC seeks to support progressive women running for state and local office, particularly those from marginalized and underrepresented groups. This includes women across the state running for everything from school board to governor with early funding and access to a network of supporters interested in providing volunteer and in-kind services. The goal is to not only increase the number of women running for office, but to expand the field of candidates to include women with varied backgrounds and perspectives including race, socioeconomic status, and other lived experiences.
The PAC launched in April 2017 and began accepting endorsement applications in July. This group of endorsed candidates represents some of the first to apply. Priority was given to candidates up for election next month in local and school board races. Due to the generosity of the PAC’s early supporters, candidates who requested financial support will receive checks this week.
Deidre DeJear for Iowa Secretary of State
Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley for Des Moines School Board
Lori Lovstad for Ankeny School Board
Kelly Davydov for West Des Moines School Board
Kate Larson for Dubuque City Council
Rhonda Martin for Johnston City Council
“We are thrilled with the quality of candidates we are able to support in this initial round,” said PAC Co-Chair Luana Nelson Brown. “We look forward to continuing to support them as candidates and election officials and continue building a network of strong, progressive women.”
Still in its early stages, the PAC also recently elected several new board members. See a full list of members. The organization is an avenue for those interested in supporting greater gender parity, diversity and progressive values in Iowa’s elected positions to take action. In addition to fundraising efforts the organization is also working on partnerships to provide training and support for women running across the state.