A Wave Of African American Women Elected In Tennessee | All In | MSNBCby GDN Shared Post November 2, 2018
Historically diverse candidates running in this year’s midterms is happening from coast to coast, up and down the ticket. The result is especially clear in one particular area of Tennessee in the South Shelby County, which includes the city of Memphis, where at least 20 women have already won in the primary and general races this year, eight of those groundbreaking women and one of their campaign managers.
Record number of black women are candidates in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s an unlikely location for a political uprising: A onetime drug rehab center in an office park, where metal bars still line the windows and the hum from the nearby I-20/I-59 overpass is constant.
But it is here that Jameria Moore, a 49-year-old attorney, launched her campaign for a judgeship on the Jefferson County Probate Court. She is one of about three dozen African-American women who are running for office as Democrats across deep-red Alabama.
It’s an unprecedented number, according to party officials. Many, like Moore, are running for the first time. And many, like Moore, say Democrat Doug Jones’ unexpected Senate victory in December inspired them to take a chance.
But there’s more to this wave of black women candidates than that.