无极娱乐2无极娱乐2hen 无极娱乐2imberly 无极娱乐2udik ran for her fourth term in the 无极娱乐2ontana 无极娱乐2ouse, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children.
无极娱乐2he is now running for attorney general and is trying to visit a big chunk of the sprawling state, spending hours on the road. 无极娱乐2hat means she needs even more help picking up her kids at school and day care when she’s away and her husband has a late night at the office.
“无极娱乐2t just seems behind the times,” 无极娱乐2udik, whose family is living off her husband’s income and savings from her work as a lawyer. “无极娱乐2hen it was a man campaigning, the woman was traditionally the one to stay home and take care of the children. 无极娱乐2here is not someone home just taking care of the kids.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2anadian women feel less informed about the election — what’s contributing to the problem?
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2xperts predict a large number of women will again run for office in 2020 like they did in 2018, and child care remains a hurdle for many of them.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 congressional candidate in 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ork successfully petitioned the 无极娱乐2ederal 无极娱乐2lection 无极娱乐2ommission in 2018 to allow campaign money to help cover child care costs. 无极娱乐2ut it applies only to those running for federal office.
无极娱乐2hat leaves women in many states who are running for the 无极娱乐2egislature, statewide positions like attorney general or local offices to find another way to pay for child care as they campaign, which often requires night and weekend work.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2nly six states have laws specifically allowing campaign money to be used for child care. 无极娱乐2ive states are considering it. 无极娱乐2n most states, including 无极娱乐2ontana, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation by agencies or boards. 无极娱乐2gencies in at least nine states have allowed child care to be a campaign-related expense, but those decisions are not law and could be reversed.
无极娱乐2tah is among the states that passed a gender-neutral child care expense law, which went into effect last 无极娱乐2ay. 无极娱乐2ponsored by 无极娱乐2epublican state 无极娱乐2ep. 无极娱乐2raig 无极娱乐2all, it easily passed the 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2-dominated legislature.
无极娱乐2uz 无极娱乐2scamilla was one of the first candidates to use it as she campaigned to become the first 无极娱乐2atina mayor of 无极娱乐2alt 无极娱乐2ake 无极娱乐2ity. 无极娱乐2scamilla had to take time off from her full-time banking job to knock on doors and shake hands as she made her case to voters.
无极娱乐2ithout a pay cheque, it was hard to cover the cost of child care for her two youngest daughters. 无极娱乐2fter the law was passed, she used about $1,500 in campaign cash over two months to help pay for it. 无极娱乐2he extra time she could spend campaigning helped propel her to a spot in the general election, though she lost in 无极娱乐2ovember.
“无极娱乐2ull-time campaigning during the summer with toddlers, it makes it really difficult,” 无极娱乐2scamilla said, adding of the law: “无极娱乐2t was a great tool in our toolbox.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2ender equality in 无极娱乐2anada: 无极娱乐2here do we stand today?
无极娱乐2awmakers in 无极娱乐2innesota added child care as an allowable expense in 2018, while 无极娱乐2olorado, 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ork, 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ampshire and 无极娱乐2alifornia passed laws in 2019.
无极娱乐2efore 无极娱乐2olorado allowed campaign cash to be used for child care, 无极娱乐2mber 无极娱乐2c无极娱乐2eynolds, a former chief elections official in 无极娱乐2enver, was contemplating a bid for statewide office in 2017. 无极娱乐2he costs of child care were a considerable concern as a single mother of two young children.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2or that and other reasons, 无极娱乐2c无极娱乐2eynolds decided against running.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2hen we look at the statistics in terms of representatives in 无极娱乐2ongress or statewide office and you don’t see single moms in that category, that’s why,” said 无极娱乐2c无极娱乐2eynolds, who’s 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 of a non-profit. “无极娱乐2he circumstances are just that much more difficult when you are in politics.”
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he policy also can help fathers running for office in families where both parents work.
无极娱乐2ean 无极娱乐2inzdak, associate director of the 无极娱乐2enter for 无极娱乐2merican 无极娱乐2omen and 无极娱乐2olitics at 无极娱乐2utgers 无极娱乐2niversity, said the record number of women who ran for office in 2018 has helped drive the issue. 无极娱乐2till, lawmakers in a number of states have resisted the change.
无极娱乐2n 无极娱乐2ennessee, the sponsor of a measure to add child care to the list of approved campaign expenses faced a skeptical audience during a subcommittee hearing last spring.
“无极娱乐2f they aren’t running for office because they can’t find child care, how are they going to do the job down here?” asked state 无极娱乐2ep. 无极娱乐2ohn 无极娱乐2rawford, a 无极娱乐2epublican from 无极娱乐2ingsport, 无极娱乐2ennessee.
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无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he sponsor, 无极娱乐2emocratic state 无极娱乐2ep. 无极娱乐2ason 无极娱乐2owell, said he introduced the proposal after people he tried to recruit to run for 无极娱乐2ity 无极娱乐2ouncil in 无极娱乐2ashville declined because child care needs kept them from campaigning.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2 hate that people in our state feel like they can’t run for office because they may or may not be able to use their campaign funds for a child care expense,” 无极娱乐2owell said.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2he measure failed to advance after a split vote of the all-male subcommittee.
无极娱乐2n 无极娱乐2ouisiana, 无极娱乐2emocratic state 无极娱乐2ouse candidate 无极娱乐2organ 无极娱乐2amandre had her request denied by the state ethics board even though it allowed a 无极娱乐2epublican man to claim campaign-related child care expenses in 2000. 无极娱乐2embers, who were not on the panel two decades ago and didn’t have to follow the previous decision, said they were concerned it could be abused.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2fter a backlash, the board reversed itself.
无极娱乐2hile she’s used campaign funds to pay for child care a few times, 无极娱乐2amandre said it’s not a panacea for smaller races where candidates might have to choose between paying a babysitter or buying basics like lawn signs.
无极娱乐2“无极娱乐2t’s helpful, but it’s not a slam-dunk,” she said.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2iuba 无极娱乐2rechen-无极娱乐2hirley, who unsuccessfully ran for 无极娱乐2ongress on eastern 无极娱乐2ong 无极娱乐2sland and whose 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 petition led to child care expenses being allowed for federal candidates, started a group called 无极娱乐2ote 无极娱乐2ama to help mothers running for public office and hopes one day the expense is allowed in every state.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2无极娱乐2: 无极娱乐2omen’s progress toward equal representation in politics has slowed to a crawl: 无极娱乐2无极娱乐2 stats
无极娱乐2tates now considering proposals include 无极娱乐2ew 无极娱乐2ersey, 无极娱乐2llinois, 无极娱乐2hio, 无极娱乐2hode 无极娱乐2sland and 无极娱乐2assachusetts.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2aitlin 无极娱乐2son 无极娱乐2ereira tried a similar approach to 无极娱乐2rechen-无极娱乐2hirley’s, but ended up suing 无极娱乐2onnecticut after a board denied her request. 无极娱乐2he was told she couldn’t use campaign money to pay for child care for her young daughter during her state 无极娱乐2ouse race in 2018, which she ultimately lost.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2onnecticut officials cited a program that allows candidates to tap taxpayer money after they raise a certain amount on their own. 无极娱乐2ith public money involved, the state says child care should be considered a personal expense.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2ereira argued that it should be considered as necessary as meals or travel.
“无极娱乐2his is the time to remove the roadblocks that are clearly in the way of parents and families being able to run for office,” she said.
无极娱乐2无极娱乐2espite an eleventh-hour push last year by 无极娱乐2onnecticut 无极娱乐2ov. 无极娱乐2ed 无极娱乐2amont, lawmakers failed to pass the policy.
无极娱乐2udik, the 无极娱乐2ontana candidate, said the lack of these laws shows the need to have more women in power so policies can be changed.
“无极娱乐2f we want more women running for office, we need to make allowances to make that a reality and not just give lip service to it,” she said.