Women are coming out in droves to run for public office in 2018, and many attribute their newfound political aspirations to President Donald Trump.
Roughly 110 women are running for statewide office in Texas and at least 50 are running for congressional seats in the state, ABC News reports. That is a record for the state.
Judy Canales, a Democrat and Latina in Texas, told ABC that she always wanted to run for office, but her desire grew exponentially as she’s watched Trump in office. She particularly takes issue with his stance on immigration, a view she believes is detrimental to the nation.
“How dare he talk about my heritage and my community in that way,” Canales told ABC.
Some women are running, like Alma Arrendondo-Lynch, a dentist and rancher, because they feel Republicans in Congress aren’t doing enough to promote Trump’s policies. She would like to see a tougher stance on immigration and social issues.
Texans have been incredibly active in the lead up to the November elections. The state’s voters set a record in 2018 for turnout in a nonresidential election year. Texas Democrats outvoted their Republican counterparts by over 25,000 ballots thus far.
The trend is not relegated to the Lone Star state. Some 400 women have thrown their names in the hat, running for congressional seats across the nation.
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