By AFRO Staff
Kweisi Mfume is garnering support from some of the region’s most prominent women in his bid to regain the 7th District Congressional seat he once held.
“Women for Mfume,” are organizing on behalf of the former NAACP president and bringing forward several issues important to many American women. The effort is being led by Dr. Thelma Daley, former National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Cecelia Bryant, former First Lady of Bethel African American Episcopal Church is co-chair of Women for Mfume.
“I think in this period with the vitriol in the government…we need somebody who has been tested,” Dayley told the AFRO.
“He (Mfume) would go in with some seniority. I think he knows the people and the people know him and he knows Washington,” she added.
Daley and Bryant will be joined by other leaders of the group including (but not limited to):
Sen. Shirley Nathan Pulliam, former Sen. Joan Carter Conway, Dr. Tiffany Mfume, Shelonda Stokes, Yolanda Maria Martinez, Prince George’s County Councilwoman Jolene Ivey, former Baltimore City Councilwoman Rikki Spector, Bernice Beard, Beth Wong, Valerie Fraling, Dr. Anne Emery, Helen Dale, Racquel Roxas, Gayle V. Economos, Anna Wong, Michelle Emery, Marsha Jews, K. Valerie Davis, Sally Robb, Rebecca Aaron, Lisa Borden, Chantel Clea Goins, Alice Brailey Torriente, Dr. Mabel Murray, Robin Jacobs, Gwendolyn Lee, Rita Cooper and Keila Foster.
“These women represent the strength and diversity of support for Kweisi Mfume and the importance he places on the issues that impact the lives of women,” said Daley. “We invite women who know Kweisi’s record to join us and let’s work together to send him back to Congress.”
According to the Mfume campaign the group is advocating in support of Mfume for several key women’s issues including: women’s health and reproductive rights; equal pay for women; female entrepreneurs and small business owners; childcare and early childhood education.
“I am humbled and honored by the coming together of these amazing women who know me and what I have stood for throughout my public service,” Mfume said. “I look forward to working with them to ensure that the issues they care about and that are important to all Americans are at the top on my agenda when I go back to Congress.”
The fact Black women represent the most loyal and substantial voting bloc of the Democratic Party is the foundation of Women for Mfume according to Daley.
“I feel there is power in women,” she said. “We are putting together a long list of women who can influence others from all stages of life,” she added.
“Together we will be a strong contingent for Kweisi Mfume (and) he will take his rightful place in the Congress.”