Krish Vignarajah, Democratic Candidate for Governor,
Breaks Ground in Maryland with First Campaign Ad
Wednesday, March 21, 2018–GAITHERSBURG, Maryland– Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland Governor and the only woman running in a field with eight men, is breaking ground in Maryland with the campaign’s first ad, being released today.
Vignarajah’s ad calls attention to the fact that there are no women serving in statewide or federal office in Maryland, makes the case the states led by women have better policy outcomes, and authentically shows her as a woman who is both a leader, a professional, and a mom, reading to, playing with, and breastfeeding her
9-month-old daughter, Alana.
Vignarajah said, “What should shock people is that, in 2018, there are no women in Maryland’s 14 statewide or federal offices; that of our 62 governors, all have been white men; and that in the current field of 9 candidates, I am the only woman. That is unacceptable anywhere, but especially in a state like Maryland, where women and people of color make up 75% of our state.”
About her decision to include scenes of her breastfeeding her daughter, Vignarajah said, “This is my life. This is what moms have been doing forever, juggling and getting the job done. But it isn’t just about representation, it’s about policy.” Vignarajah is the first and only candidate who has called for 3 months of paid family leave, put out a comprehensive plan to fight sexual harassment and sexual violence, and pledged to guarantee universal pre-K, comprehensive STEM funding, and hot and healthy meal for all students. The commercial emphasizes that, “states with women in government have better schools, better healthcare, and lower incarceration rates.”
Vignarajah intends for the ad to drive conversation both about the lack of representation in Maryland statewide and federal elected office and also about the policy consequences of the lack of diversity. Maryland is one of the last states to end parental rights for rapists, is near the bottom for breast cancer survival rates in America, and is ranked last out of 50 states for child care subsidies.
Vignarajah’s ad also illustrates that Maryland, for the first time in 45 years, has no women elected to federal or statewide office. Pennsylvania also has zero women in federal or statewide office. West Virginia and Virginia each have one elected female federal official each, U.S. Senator Shelly Capito (R-WV) and Rep. Barbara Comstock
(R-VA). Accordingly, out of 66 federal and statewide elected positions in these four states, only 2 are held by women—and both are Republicans. There are no Democratic woman elected at the federal or statewide level in the four states representing more than 15 million women. None of the four states have ever elected a woman governor and the Democratic Party has never elected a woman of color as state governor anywhere in the nation (Republicans have elected two: Susana Martinez and Nikki Haley).
Recent elections in Virginia, Texas, and Illinois have demonstrated unprecedented turnout among women and record numbers of women winning elections. Women candidates have proven to be the best hope of defeating Republican incumbents. Of the 39 seats that have flipped from Republican to Democratic since the 2016 Presidential election, 61% were won by female candidates. In recent Texas and Illinois primaries, first time female candidates handily defeated numerous male candidates with elected experience and significant fundraising advantages.
The campaign ad is available for viewing at www.krishforgovernor.com and directly on YouTube at https://youtu.be/czGXjMMi-_g. Later today, the ad will be posted on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/KrishforMaryland.
To learn more about Krish Vignarajah and to support her campaign for Maryland Governor, visit www.krishformaryland.com, or connect on Facebook @KrishforMaryland or Twitter @KrishforMD.