35 Women Running For Office You Should Know About

Hillary Clinton is not the only woman aiming to make history November 8.

Throughout the country, women are waging candidacies that could help increase the number of female elected officials at all levels. And as they run, glass ceilings — of gender identity, race, ethnicity, or age — are being shattered, as well.

Take Misty K. Snow and Misty Plowright, both of whom are running for Congress. They're the first two openly transgender women to run for federal office. Or Catherine Cortez Masto, who could be the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. There's also Saira Blair, the youngest state legislator in the country, who's up for re-election again.

Even with these women running, the gender gap in politics remains quite significant. Women occupy only 20% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. The numbers aren't that much better at the state or local level.

There's ample research to suggest that, when they run, women win at similar rates to male candidates. The issue, experts say, is getting more of us to enter the political fray.

Ahead, get to know some of the noteworthy women taking that plunge this November.

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Name: Kamala Harris
Age: 52
State: California
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. Senate
Why you should know her: Harris has been California's attorney general since 2011. She is the first female, the first African-American, and the first Asian-American to hold this position. If elected to the Senate, she would be the second Black female senator in the history of U.S. politics.
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Name: Jaci Agustin
Age: 33
State: Hawaii
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: Hawaii House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Agustin, a former Mrs. America candidate, was homeless during her childhood, so she has dedicated a great part of her adult life to helping underprivileged youth.
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Name: Misty Plowright
Age: 33
State: Colorado
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Plowright is one of the first two openly transgender women running for federal office. She is running against Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican, in the most conservative congressional district in the state.
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Name: Saira Blair
Age: 20
State: West Virginia
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: West Virginia House of Delegates
Why you should know her: Blair was elected to the House of Delegates when she was only 18 years old, making her the youngest state legislator in the history of the country.
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Name: Denise Gitsham
Age: 39
State: California
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: If elected, Gitsham would be the first Republican Chinese-American woman in Congress.
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Name: Misty K. Snow
Age: 31
State: Utah
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. Senate
Why you should know her: Snow is one of the two openly transgender women running for a federal office. If elected, she would also be the youngest senator, ever.
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Name: Denise Juneau
Age: 49
State:
Montana
Party affiliation:
Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Juneau became the first American Indian woman ever elected to statewide executive office in Montana when she won the race for state superintendent of public instruction. If she wins in November, she would be the first American Indian woman ever elected to Congress.
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Name: Pramila Jayapal
Age: 51
State: Washington
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Jayapal, a state senator who immigrated to the U.S. at 16, could be the first Indian-American woman ever elected to Congress. She was one of the first candidates to be endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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Name: Alexandra Lúgaro
Age: 35
State: Puerto Rico
Party affiliation: Independent
What she's running for: Governor
Why you should know her: Lúgaro is the first person to ever run as an independent candidate for governor in the history of the island. If she wins, she would be the second woman and the youngest person to hold the seat.
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Name: Emily Cain
Age: 36
State: Maine
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Cain, a former state senator, took a bold stance during her campaign and addressed body shaming and how it affected her life.
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Name: Meredith Chapman
Age: 31
State: Delaware
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: Delaware State Senate
Why you should know her: Chapman, who considers herself a moderate, could help the GOP win the Delaware Senate if she defeats the Democratic incumbent, Dave Sokola.
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Name: Catherine Cortez Masto
Age: 52
State:
Nevada
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. Senate
Why you should know her: Cortez Masto is Nevada's former attorney general. If she wins, she could become the first Latina senator in the history of the U.S.
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Name: Paula Hawks
Age: 41
State: South Dakota
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Hawks, a state senator, came out as a sexual assault survivor during a recent televised debate.
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Name: Katie McGinty
Age: 53
State: Pennsylvania
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. Senate
Why you should know her: McGinty is running a closely contested race against Pat Toomey, the Republican incumbent. In 1993, McGinty became the first woman to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality. If she wins, she would be the first female senator to represent Pennsylvania.
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Name: Melody Shekari
Age: 28
State: Tennessee
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: If elected, Shekari could be the youngest woman and the first Iranian-American ever elected to Congress.
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Name: Nanette Barragán
Age: 40
State: California
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Barragán is the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council, and the first woman in a decade to hold the seat.
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Name: Erin Jones
Age: 45
State: Washington
Party affiliation: Nonpartisan
What she's running for: State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Why you should know her: If she wins, Jones would be the first Black woman to be elected to a statewide office in Washington state.
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Name: Karina Cervantez Alejo
Age: 36
State: California
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: California State Assembly
Why you should know her: Cervantez Alejo is the second Latina, ever, to serve on the City Council of Watsonville. Since 2014, she has been serving as the city's mayor pro-term (as temporary mayor).
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Name: Melanie Stambaugh
Age:
26
State: Washington
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: Washington House of Representatives
Why you should know her: When she was elected in 2014, Stambaugh became the youngest woman elected to the Washington state Legislature in 78 years.
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Name: Talia Fuentes
Age: 30
State: Arizona
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Fuentes is running on a "STEAM" platform: combining science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to tackle immigration, marijuana reform, and immigration. If she wins, she will be the first Democrat in decades to represent her district, and the first woman, ever, to hold the seat.
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Name: Brigid Kelly
Age: 33
State: Ohio
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Ohio House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Kelly has run on a platform that includes issues such as college affordability and paid family leave. She has also worked for over a decade with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
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Name: Natalie Higgins
Age: 28
State:
Massachusetts
Party affiliation:
Democrat
What she's running for: Massachusetts House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Higgins is an attorney and the VP of the board at Pathways for Change, a nonprofit organization which helps victims of sexual violence. She is also the Executive Director of PHENOM (the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts).
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Name: Nancy Reagan Foster
Age:
44
State: West Virginia
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: West Virginia House of Delegates
Why you should know her: Reagan Foster is a Mexican native who immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She and her husband legally added "Reagan" to their names in 2012 in honor of the late president.
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Name: Tulsi Gabbard
Age: 35
State: Hawaii
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: U.S. House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Gabbard, a former DNC vice chair, was just 21 when she was elected to the Hawaii state Legislature. She's also the first American Samoan and Hindu to ever be elected to Congress.
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Name: Lauren Shaw
Age: 20
State: Connecticut
Party affiliation: Green Party
What she's running for: Connecticut House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Shaw is an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point and one of the youngest candidates from the Green Party.
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Name: Martha Stevens
Age: 33
State: Missouri
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Missouri House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Stevens, who identifies herself as a progressive, has worked as an advocate for women's health care and Medicaid expansion in Missouri.
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Name: Emanuela Palmares
Age: 33
State: Connecticut
Party affiliation: Republican
What she's running for: Connecticut House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Palmares is a Brazilian-American immigrant and the editor of the Tribuna, a biweekly English, Portuguese, and Spanish newspaper. In 2013, she was appointed commissioner on the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC), and was the first Brazilian to serve on this advisory commission to the governor and the Legislature.
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Name: Jane Kim
Age: 39
State: California
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: California State Senate
Why you should know her: Kim, currently a San Francisco supervisor, is the first Korean American elected official in the city.
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Name: Laura Bartok
Age: 32
State: Connecticut
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Connecticut House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Bartok, who successfully helped run various campaigns through the years, won in an all-millennial primary race, and now will face Republican incumbent Cara Pavalock.
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Name: Sharlaine LaClair
Age: 35
State: Washington
Party affiliation: Democratic
What she's running for: Washington House of Representatives
Why you should know her: LaClair, a member of the Lummi Nation, would be one of four Native Americans in the Washington Legislature if elected.
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Name: Jenifer Rajkumar
Age: 34
State: New York
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: New York State Assembly
Why you should know her: Rajkumar, a civil rights lawyer, could be the first Indian-American elected to the New York State Assembly.
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Name: Maggie Toulouse Oliver
Age: 40
State:
New Mexico
Party affiliation:
Democrat
What she's running for: Secretary of State
Why you should know her: Toulouse Oliver, at one time the youngest female elected official in New Mexico, was elected twice to serve the state’s largest county. In 2015, she founded MaggiePAC to support pro-choice women running for higher office.
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Name: Victoria Neave
Age: 35
State: Texas
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Texas House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Neave, an attorney and first-generation college student of Mexican heritage, is running in a traditionally white district that's becoming more Latino and diverse.
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Name: Gena Goodman-Campbell
Age: 32
State: Oregon
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Oregon House of Representatives
Why you should know her: Goodman-Campbell led a successful campaign to help protect the Badlands Wilderness, which ended with the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Act in Congress.
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Name: Eva Bermudez Zimmerman
Age: 29
State: Connecticut
Party affiliation: Democrat
What she's running for: Connecticut State Legislature
Why you should know her: Bermudez Zimmerman, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was the first Latina to ever serve on the Sandy Hook Legislative Council, which was particularly significant because Sandy Hook is an overwhelmingly white town.