June 21, 2010
NOW/PAC is proud to announce that 17 of its endorsed candidates won primary elections on June 8.
In Iowa, Roxanne Conlin beat out three other candidates to secure the Democratic nomination, and will go on to face five-term incumbent Chuck Grassley. Conlin was the founder and president of the Iowa Woman's Caucus, the first woman president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and one of the first women U.S. attorneys general.
California incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer also won her primary and will go on to face Republican Carly Fiorina in the general election.
Karen Bass, the former speaker of the California State Assembly, won the Democratic primary in California's 33rd Congressional District. This puts her one step closer to winning the seat of the retiring Diane Watson. As a member of the California State Assembly, Bass helped pass legislation in favor of same-sex marriage and expanded anti-discrimination laws. A champion of women's rights, Bass will continue dedicating herself to NOW's key issues.
California Representatives Matsui, Woolsey, McNerney, Eshoo, Honda, Lofgren, Capps, Sanchez, Filner, Davis, and Pelosi all ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and will represent the party in the general election.
Beth Krom, an Irvine Council member from California, was also in an uncontested primary and will go on to face incumbent Republican John B.T. Campbell III. Campbell has held the seat since 2005, but Krom represents strong opposition. The NOW Political Action Committee enthusiastically endorsed Krom.
NOW congratulates these primary winners and looks forward to working with them, both in the coming months and once they take office, in order to ensure full equality for women and girls.
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