Committee is Getting More Women at the Political Table

1474380477myrick-ginnyAccording to a recent article in the Jacksonville Daily Record, women account for 52 percent of the population in Northeast Florida, but of the 50 seats in local legislative bodies in Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties, just 10 are held by women.

That’s about to change if the political action committee ‘At the Table’ has anything to do with it. TWEET THIS

“Our intent is to feed the pipeline with accomplished women who have leadership ability and understand local issues,” said Ginny Myrick chair of At the Table during an interview with the Jacksonville Daily Record.

The committee’s board of directors is a group of women who are known for being active in the community, such as former United Way Executive Director Connie Hodges, 2010 Eve Volunteer Service Award-winner Barbara Ketchum, former Jacksonville Children’s Commission CEO Linda Lanier and Jacksonville Public Education Fund Vice President Pam Paul.

The political committee is an extension of an effort that began more than a year ago and was discussed from the Generation W stage, “9-in-15,” a grassroots effort to put more women on Jacksonville’s council in 2015.  While that initiative was limited to making information (think how to raise money for a campaign or how to handle the media) available to potential candidates, At the Table is making a more “substantial effort that includes building a war chest to help fund campaigns for women candidates.”

According to Myrick the biggest hurdle for the committee is to address the difference in how women and men get into politics and campaigning.  While men seem to make a decision to run for office and then immediately start building an organization,“that’s just not in our DNA,” said Myrick. “We have to be invited.”

The committee’s current goal is to secure at least $100,000 to help fund campaigns for women they endorse. The committee has raised $12,000 in the past few weeks.

“We’re nonpartisan and we’re not issue-oriented. We’re just looking for great candidates,” she said. “Some people aren’t crazy about that, but it’s the only way to build a broad base.”

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