Q2 Report: More Great Women Stepping Up To Run


July 29, 2015

THANKS TO YOU, more accomplished, progressive women are declaring their candidacies.  The number of prospective candidates is up and so is our number of target districts.  We’ve researched, interviewed and met with over 400 extraordinary women leaders: elected women, non-profit and private sector women, women activists and advocates.

To benefit our prospects, we expanded our collaboration beyond the progressive women’s community and joined forces with organizations supporting candidates of color, labor and environmental organizations; social justice, education and legal groups.  We continue to consult with the Women’s, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and Black Caucuses of the Legislature.


We increased the number of target districts from 16 to 20. Among these 20 seats, 15 progressive women are now running in 11 districts.  Twelve are women of color. See where progressive women are running here.

We expect prospects completing explorations with us to make decisions in 3 additional districts before Labor Day.  Here’s where we’re still recruiting:

District Geography District Geography
AD 16 Livermore, San Ramon, Walnut Creek AD 31 Fresno
AD 35 San Luis Obispo AD 45* San Fernando Valley
SD 27 SFV/Ventura SD 35 South Central LA

*Not yet open, but we’ll be ready!


We have identified excellent women in these districts, but the ratio of prospect to actual candidate is about 35 to 1, so we need your help.  Know a strong prospect?

Send your nominees to alice@closethegapca.org.


This spring we held “search parties” in Benicia/Martinez, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Ventura and the San Fernando Valley.  Thanks to the hundreds of local activists who have participated in these valuable exchanges.

Our “Ready for Her Too” campaign launched on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s announcement for President drew attention to the need for women to run for local, state and federal offices.   Our thanks to Run Women Run, EMERGE CA, BWOPA, NWPC and all those who sent us photos of women who should run. Your presence in social media produced a new round of candidate nominations.  Nice work.


We hosted a private reception for over a dozen prospective candidates and progressive organizations at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention and later joined EMERGE CA, CDC and WIP PAC for a celebration of progressive women leaders.

Special thanks to Speaker Toni Atkins and Assembly members Garcia, Eggman, Campos, Chiu, Gonzalez, Stone, Lopez for joining us.  Our prospective candidates appreciate your support and encouragement.

Likewise, a big thank you to Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara who joined close the gap CA at the annual Equal Rights Advocates lunch in San Francisco where her equal pay bill and the entire A Stronger California campaign were celebrated.  Electing more progressive women is the most direct way to ensure that equal pay, flexible and predictable work schedules, affordable child care and universal pre-school become central tenants of a progressive agenda and the law in California. 

Close the gap CA heads to Burlingame for the California Democratic Party’s August 15th Executive Board meeting.  We’ll be connecting prospects to activists and issue advocates to help them in their assessments.   Let us know if you’ll be there too. 

Finally, our thanks to allied organizations that have made the election of women a priority for 2016 and who support our work with their time, talent or treasure: 

Black Women Organized for Political Action

California Labor Federation

California League of Conservation Voters

California Nurses Association

California Professional Firefighters

California School Employees Association

Consumer Attorneys of CA

Educate Our State


Leadership for a Clean Economy

NARAL Pro-Choice CA

National Women’s Political Caucus

Planned Parenthood of CA

Progressive Era Project


United Food and Commercial Workers


Close the gap CA’s weekly Alerts are now delivered to over 5,000 recipients who support recruiting progressive women for state legislature.  If you know someone who should receive an ALERT, let Alice know: alice@closethegapca.org.

 Visit our website to contribute, volunteer or learn more:  www.closethegapCA.org. 

NOTE:  We are often asked, “Who are your candidates?”  As a 527 non-profit, progressive political organization, CTGCA cannot endorse or support candidates and that includes singling them out in our communications.  We exclusively recruit and prepare prospective candidates to make smart decisions about running including developing the policy and networks that will enable them to be successful.  Our allies fund, train, support and promote these women once they declare their candidacies.


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