Republican Initiative Aims to Recruit More Women Candidates

Thursday, 23 May 2013 02:04 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The Republican State Leadership Committee is re-launching its Right Women, Right Now initiative aimed at recruiting new female candidates for state offices across the country.

In an statement Thursday, the RSLC announced it would follow up with the program it unveiled last year as part of the GOP Future Majority Project to help boost the participation of Republican women in down ballot races at the state level.

This year's effort will be co-chaired by Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and Tennessee State House Speaker Beth Harwell.

"We applaud the Republican State Leadership Committee's strong commitment to recruit and support women to state office," the co-chairs said in a statement. "Right Women, Right Now has brought together a group of proven women leaders from across the nation who are passionate about increasing the number of Republican women in state level office. We look forward to working together to implement this long-term, sustainable project of identifying and recruiting qualified women to run for office."

RSLC President Chris Jankowski said the ultimate goal of the effort is to grow the Republican Party "from the ground up" and to promote sound policies.

"Time and again, women are proven leaders in their communities and the RSLC is dedicated to recruiting, identifying, supporting and electing strong women leaders to state level office," Jankowski said. "I would like to thank our co-chairs and their board for the continued leadership within their states by growing the economy, balancing sound budgets, supporting job creators and fighting against federal overreach."

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