Historically, Black women hold few elected or appointed offices in the US. That is according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rudgers University. This trend may be changing as some notable elections and nominations have seen Black women and other women of color take positions of leadership in America. This includes the election of Kamala Harris as vice-president and the appointment and subsequent confirmation of Ketanji Jackson Brown to the Supreme Court.
The impact of what happens in Washington, history tells us, could have far-reaching consequences down the ballot. The upcoming 2022 U.S midterm elections could impact not just representation in the House and Senate in D.C. but also local races for governors, as well as State House and Senate politics.
Black Women Running for Office
In Colorado, intense electioneering is taking place two months before voting begins. There are expectations that the Republican Party (GOP) would pick up seats in the State Legislature now controlled by Democrats. In the Centennial State, it is also notable that a record number of African Americans are running for office in this year’s elections.
That is where we find Stephanie Hancock of Aurora, who running for office in the midterms as a Republican. She is a black woman, a veteran of the US Air Force, and a mother and grandmother who is hoping to help the GOP net a seat in House District 41 currently controlled by Democrats. If she wins, she’ll represent an average of 80,000 residents of the state.
Hancock faces off against Democrat, Iman Jodeh in the November elections.
“We need to vote for Republicans up and down the ballot,” she said on Thursday, September 8 during a campaign event held at JJ’s Place, a restaurant on the southeast corner of Iliff and Chambers in Aurora.
Hancock was introduced at the event by Aurora’s mayor, Mike Coffman. City Council members Dustin Zvonek, Danielle Jurinsky, and Steve Sunberg were in attendance.
The candidate says she wants to be known not for fear-mongering or a mentality of victimhood, but rather for the freedoms and spirit of entrepreneurship that Republicans represent. Hancock is running on a platform that she says will help the state and the city that she lives in deal with “escalating crime, an outrageous cost of living, and a failing educational system.”