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.
MHC 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.
The 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.
Open Seats in 2014
|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|