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2018 is a mid-term election year for both sides of the U.S. Congress. There are also a wide range of state and municipal elections occurring in cities and counties across the nation this year.
Just like the years when presidential elections are going on in America, mid-term elections are extremely important for registered voters to be aware of. In a sense, mid-term elections are probably more critical than presidential elections. Ultimately, it is the Congress that passes U.S. laws, not the president.
However, voters place a major priority on presidential elections. This is largely due to the hyperbolic way the mass media covers presidential candidates and their campaign activities. But there is a politically awake demographic in America that is paying close attention to the crucial details: Black women.
According to a new report by the Washington Informer, an anomalous number of black women are running for political offices in 2018. From the tech-savvy streets of San Francisco, California to the Southern hills of Alabama, black women are successfully filing for their political candidacies.
The Informer based its report on an encyclopedic database, which was produced by information mining specialists at BlackWomenInPolitics.com. Present data shows that there are well over 600 black women running for elected federal, state, and municipal offices all over America.
In the San Francisco mayoral race this year, a black woman named London Breed is shining bright on the campaign trail. Breed, 43, was raised in the politically abandoned neighborhood of San Francisco’s Plaza East Public Housing complex in the Western Addition of the city.
Breed is currently the president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, the city’s governing legislative body. If Breed is elected, she will be the first black woman to become mayor in the history of San Francisco.
“I hope that young people, no matter where they come from, what they look like, or how much money they make, are inspired to rise up and make sure their voices are heard, because each and every one of us counts,” Breed said according to the Informer.
The mayoral election in San Francisco will be held next week on Tuesday, June 5th.