Why a Congressional Candidate from the Bronx is a BigDeal
On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Primary in NYC. AND it's a big deal. If she wins in November (which major chance she will) she will be the youngest person to serve in Congress. She beat out one of the long time established incumbents who is a white man from NYC. This is significant because she is a 28 year old Latina from the Bronx running a very progressive campaign.
Progressive: (of a group, person, or idea) wanting social reform or new, liberal ideas.
She raised money from her campaign by going door to door and using social media. Most of her donations were between $5-$20. Sound familiar? Governor Bernie Sanders did something similar in his run for President, and it most likely is no shocker that Ocasio-Cortez worked on his campaign. Unlike some social media campaigns, she did not stick just to social media but she also walked door to door in the neighborhoods she would be serving. She spoke with elderly and those who spoke English as a second language. She connected with her community and gained their trust. She did not speak poorly of the current President but instead spoke to what she could do as Congresswoman. She lives among the community she will serve and knows what it is like to struggle with money and living as a non-white woman in the US.
Her win is also historic in that she is a woman. Over the past year Democrats have nominated women in 73 of 150 House races. Women have been the top vote getters and are also becoming a major force in voting in new leaders.
Facts: 307 women have served in Congress
1866: Elizabeth Cady Stanton is the first woman to run for Congress. She won as an independent in NY and won 24 out of 12,000 cotes
1916: Jeannette Rankin from Montana is the first woman elected to Congress