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Vote for a Mama

Updated: Jun 2

#endorsement #VoteMama #MothersDay #Momsatthetable

Heather is kissing younger Riley and he is making a tongue-out expression and wearing a yellow Pikachu sweatshirt

(May 7, 2021) With Mother’s Day only a few days away, I’m so happy to announce that I have been endorsed by Vote Mama. Vote Mama is a political action committee that was started by former congressional candidate, Liuba Grechen Shirley. Shirley is a visionary. During her run for Congress, she experienced a familiar obstacle for many working mothers with small children: childcare. Shirley successfully petitioned the Federal Election Commission to be able to use campaign funds for childcare, and in 2018 the FEC officially ruled that federal candidates can use campaign funds to pay for childcare costs that result from time spent running for office. Vote Mama has expanded to become a movement with a network of elected moms, experienced campaigners, and people who see the value in making it easier for moms with young children to run for office. Having moms at the table where decisions are made ensures that policies address the important issues that affect women and children.

I can tell you firsthand that campaigning with a school aged child isn’t easy. Although I was able to watch Riley’s first soccer practice this spring, I missed his first game. As much as it stung, I know that Riley and I will have many other special moments together. I also know that he sees the importance of my role in local government and, who knows, maybe it will even inspire him to run for office one day. He loves looking at the giant maps of zoning proposals with me, and he feels heard when he expresses his interests in sidewalks, dog-friendly spaces, and “protecting the Earth.”

A very special and heartfelt ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to moms everywhere, especially my mom, Alexandra. A longtime Village of Fayetteville resident, she is one of my biggest supporters and she shows up and helps whenever she can. I like to think of Mother’s Day as “Mothering Day” because so many powerful females have nurtured and supported me. I will continue to protect their rights and the rights of all parents to live freely with the quality of life we all deserve.

Warm regards,

Heather


Heather's mom Alexandra, Heather, and toddler Riley at Thornden Park

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