Collins-Greenup would be the first Black woman elected to statewide office in Louisiana.
Running a grassroots campaign with little help from the Democratic Party, Gwen Collins-Greenup could make history as the first Black woman to be elected to statewide office in Louisiana. She would become Louisiana's first female Secretary of State since 1932, and the second ever in the state's history.
Black women "motivate and galvanize the communities that they touch," said Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
With the midterm elections two weeks away, it's clear that a historically overlooked voting block — Black women — who are more politically engaged than any other demographic — will make all the difference for Democratic candidates.
Democratic voters were tired of the old. So they brought in the new.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's victory yesterday was a major win for the struggling Democratic party. It was also a slap in the face for her opponent, Joe Crowley. Crowley, the Dem's golden boy, was publicly campaigning to replace the tepid, complacent Pelosi as the speaker of the House. The party has been held back for years due to political fence riding at the expense of their constituents and Crowley was a part of that club. The uber-liberal Ocasio-Cortez focused on Medicare for all and other super liberal issues that mainstream Democrats were afraid to touch.
This election cycle has brought with it a wave of young blood into the Democratic party. From Iowa to Maine to California to Pennsylvania, a group of young progressives are prime to crash the old white man's party in D.C. Whether it is a 25-year-old Eagle scout raised by two gay women, a 30-year old bisexual or a 29-year-old daughter of a welder, it is the youth movement that has taken over the 2018 primary season.
"Investing in Black women's political leadership is a solid return on investment," the women said in a letter to Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez.
More than 20 Black female elected officials, activists and community leaders came together in solidarity to voice their concern that Black women are being overlooked in regard to leadership within the Democratic Party.