Lauren Underwood, Registered Nurse and Candidate for Congress from Illinois. She is the first Black woman to ever run for Congress in her district.
"I'm running against six middle-aged white men in a district that has never elected a woman, ever in history. I'm the youngest person in my field running; I'm the only person of color."
"For so long, African-Americans have only had elected representation from those traditional districts that are historically Black, maybe urban. But not all of us live in all those majority-minority districts. Now we are able to step forward and say, 'Hey! I grew up in this predominantly white area and my family has been here for years. I'm a leader and I have ideas.' The community rallies around [me] not because I'm Black, and not despite my race and heritage, but just because I'm a dynamic, compelling leader who shares [their] values. That's what I get excited about."
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