Aimee Allison has one wish for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential pairing: “We cannot have an all-white ticket.”
Not when the Democratic Party’s most loyal voters are women of color, said Allison, an Oakland resident and founder of She the People. The group works to advance women of color in politics, and will host the first presidential forum focused on their issues April 24 in Houston.
WASHINGTON – A presidential forum focusing on issues important to women of color has drawn four more Democratic hopefuls, signaling the key role these women are likely to play in the 2020 battle for the party’s nomination.
Women of color are key when it comes to deciding who will be the Democratic nominee for president, and for the first time ever, a candidates forum will be dedicated to the issues that matter most to them. The She the People Presidential Forum on women of color has been organized for April 24, but only three of the eight spots have been filled so far, as NBC News reports. Notably, no women candidates have signed up to attend yet.
WASHINGTON — A new progressive group is hosting what it's calling the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused on women of color.
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro have claimed the first of eight available spots in the April 24 forum hosted by She the People, officials told NBC News. All candidates have been invited to the event at Texas Southern University, a historically black school in Houston. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., the most prominent woman of color in the 2020 field, has not yet told organizers whether she will attend.
Heading into 2020, Democrats would be foolish to ignore women of color, either as a powerful electorate or as policy leaders.
Research from the data firm Catalist shows that women of color have the strongest propensity to vote Democratic; 88 percent supported Democrats in the 2018 midterms, compared with 48 percent of white women and 38 percent of white men.