Lillian’s List, a North Carolina group that financially supports progressive female candidates, held its campaign kickoff luncheon Monday in the Carolina Club of the Alumni Center.
UNC senior Sharlese Hall, who was a summer intern for Lillian’s List and volunteered at the luncheon, said the display was another reason why the state needs female-driven organizations.
“There are a lot of political action committees, but this is the only in North Carolina that focus on electing progressive women,” she said. “I think it’s actually what North Carolina and probably many other states need right now.”
Lillian’s List named 15 featured candidates who are running for the N.C. General Assembly, including Sen. Valerie Foushee, D-Orange.
Betty Craven, board chairwoman for Lillian’s List, said the group donated $5,000 — the maximum amount allowed under campaign finance law — to each of the featured candidates. Tickets to the luncheon were a minimum of $150.
“(There’s a saying), ‘Don’t get mad, get elected.’ Forget that,” Craven said. “Now it’s, ‘Get mad, get really mad and get elected in sufficient numbers to reverse the negative course the Republicans have put this state on.’”
N.C. Democratic candidates, including Clay Aiken, Laura Fjeld and Attorney General Roy Cooper, mingled among the crowd.
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was the keynote speaker. She said Lillian’s List provides support for female candidates, which is essential for encouraging more women to run and hasn’t always been in place.