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California Women Close The Gap

| Blog, Women Candidates | September 28, 2013

Founder Mary V. Hughes is a co-founder and President of Hughes & Company, previously Staton Hughes, a strategic communications and political consulting firm in Palo Alto, California. Mary founded and served as Director of The 2012 Project, a national, non-partisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of newly drawn and newly created districts resulting from redistricting and reapportionment.


California Getting Women Elected

Close The Gap CA, is a campaign aimed at recruiting, training and electing progressive women to office in the mid-term and 2016 elections.

The goal of the organization: to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures by taking advantage of new and open districts resulting from redistricting and reapportionment.

Mary Hughes was honored for her work on be-half of women on August 21 at the organization’s 4th Annual MOVER Awards at an evening reception in Sacramento.

With focus and a well-funded strategy, we can close the gap and not just the gender gap.  Research shows that when we elect progressive women, we are taking steps toward closing the school funding gap, the access gap to affordable health and reproductive care, and the growing gap between the wealthy and those in poverty.

1MHC News Brief: Mary V. Hughes ’74 – Published on Sep 29, 2012
Political consultant and strategist Mary Hughes explains why she believes 2012 is similar to 1992, an election year in which women made historic gains in congressional elections.

penninslla  TVThe Game – Show 205 – Women And Politics – Published on Aug 12, 2013
Recorded August 2, 2013 Guest: Mary Hughes, Founder, Close the Gap California Topic: Women and Politic
In the past ten years, the number of women serving in the California Legislature has declined steadily. Why? And why does it matter? We ask one of the state’s leading advocates for more gender diversity in office. The Game is Politics and the Game is on.

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California Veteran Dem strategist Mary Hughes is  honored as “Woman of the Year”


Open Seats in 2014

District Geography Current Official
AD 2 Eureka, Healdsburg, 55% Santa Rosa, Ukiah Wesley Chesbro
AD 3 Chico, Yuba City Dan Logue
AD 4 Davis, Calistoga, Napa Mariko Yamada
AD 15 Berkeley, Richmond, Hercules, 20% Oakland Nancy Skinner
AD 16 Dublin, Orinda, Walnut Creek Joan Buchanan
AD 17 San Francisco(east side) Tom Ammiano
*AD 25 Santa Clara, 13% San Jose, 48% Fremont Bob Wieckowski
AD 26 Visalia, Tulare, Porterville Connie Conway
AD 28 30% San Jose, Saratoga, Cupertino Paul Fong
AD 42 Palm Springs; Palm Desert; La Quinta Brian Nestande
*AD 45 Los Angeles (Reseda; Woodland Hills) Bob Blumenfeld
AD 53 Los Angeles (Huntington Park; Downtown) John Pérez
*AD 54 Culver City; LA (Crenshaw; Westwood) Holly Mitchell
AD 55 Chino Hills; Diamond Bar Curt Hagman
AD 56 Cathedral City; Indio Manuel Perez
AD 62 LA (Hawthorne; Venice; Westchester) Steven Bradford
AD 64 Los Angeles (Compton; Watts) Isadore Hall II
AD 70 Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Catalina Island Bonnie Lowenthal
AD 73 Laguna Niguel; San Clemente Diane Harkey
SD 2 Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Novato, Eureka Noreen Evans
SD 6 Elk Grove, Sacramento Darrell Steinberg
SD 8 Fresno, Rancho Cordova, Turlock Leland Yee
SD 10 Fremont, Santa Clara, Hayward, Milpitas Ellen Corbett
SD 18 LA, San Fernando, Burbank Jean Fuller
SD 20 Fontana, Ontario, Pomona, and Rialto Alex Padilla
SD 32 Downey, Norwalk, Whittier Ron Calderon
SD 34 Huntington Beach, Santa Ana Lou Correa
SD 38 6% San Diego, Escondido, Encinitas Mark Wyland
SD 37 Laguna Beach, Orange, Irvine, Newport Mimi Walters
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