Katie Porter for Congress

'The reason was simple — Trump won': Why 9 women decided to run for political office

1/19/18

Katie Porter, a consumer advocate whose résumé includes time working for Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., before they came to Congress, explains to Yahoo Lifestyle why she’s running for the U.S. House of Representatives: “We don’t have enough working mothers of young children in our political system. I have spent my whole career trying to help families, middle-class families who are being squeezed, and trying to stand up to the big banks going after those families. … I made my decision within a day or two of Trump’s election, and it was really about knowing that he wouldn’t fight for our families — and he went on to do this, and worse.”

Porter notes that she is a Cub Scout leader who drives a minivan. “I drive my three kids to school every day,” she says. “Being a working, middle-class mom, when I talk about the future of the public education system in this country needing to be vibrant and strong, it’s from the perspective of someone who takes their children to school every day to public schools in Orange County and has a child with special needs. That direct connection is important.”

It’s why women, says Abrams, should run from their place of experience, and use it as their guide. “The time is now,” she adds, with urgency. “The worst that can happen is that you don’t win. But every campaign changes the conversation and forces the other side to talk about issues. Sometimes running for office is about lifting your voice so others will answer your questions. It is hard to run — it’s expensive, and you still have to juggle your other responsibilities — but these are solvable problems. If you do nothing, bad wins. So if women are sitting there wondering if now is the time for them to run, the answer is unequivocally yes.”

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