New Mexico May See All Female Representation in Congress After Elections

New Mexico may be looking at an all female-led U.S. House delegation in Congress this fall, regardless of party affiliation. Six women, three from both the Democratic and Republican parties, are all vying for three Congressional seats during the state’s primary elections June 2nd.

In each of the races, at least one candidate is Latina or Native American. “Women are now seen as viable candidates, and both parties in New Mexico are doing their part to recruit women to run for office,” said Christine Marie Sierra, a retired political science professor from the University of New Mexico. “And what you see here is a reflection of the state’s diversity.”

A record-breaking 490 women have filed to run for U.S. House seats this year, surpassing the 479 women who filed and ran in 2018.

The Realist Woman’s take:

Women are fully aware that change will only come if they are involved in the process of change. With this country incessantly headed towards destruction, women are ready to step up and work together to make this country a place that represents all. If women are not engaged in politics, our needs and interests will not be met. 

Women from both sides of the aisle tend to be able to work together on issues that are going to benefit the most people. Women’s rights are still a priority and until we have equal pay for equal work, address the maternal mortality rate, protect and believe women who’ve been victims of sexual violence, support immigrant mothers, and see actual change for women, the fights for those rights will continue. And women will be the ones behind that change.

A record-breaking number of women are running for office this year