More than 35 African American women are running for Democratic office across the deep-red state of Alabama, an unprecedented number the party has never seen before, according to NBC News.
“Alabama is not a state that is known for electing women to office, so, in some sense, this is surprising, historic and much needed,” said Richard Fording, a professor of public policy at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Some said they were “electrified” after Democrat Sen. Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, while others have said the “Me Too” movement has empowered them to run for office.
“It’s so important that we step up, that we show the nation that we can lead,” said Jameria Moore, who is running for judge in Jefferson County Probate Court. “That, here in Alabama, we’re ready to lead our state into the future.”
The Hill added:
When former President Obama was elected 10 years ago, “it showed black people can be elected,” said Richard Mark, chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party.
Last year, nine black women were elected as judges in Jefferson County.
Quentin James, the founder of Collective PAC, said President Trump has also motivated black women to take on leadership opportunities. The group focuses on helping African-American candidates in local and state races.
“You have a president who attacks black women,” James told NBC News. “They’re fed up, we’re fed up, and … it’s crucial we have more voices on the public stage to fight back.”