More women running for office than ever before

MADISON (WKOW) — Two women running for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin broke a record Wednesday. With Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican State Sen. Leah Vukmir filing their nomination papers today, that brings the number to 42 women in both parties running for U.S. Senate.

It’s adding to the growing number of females running up and down the ballot this year.The data was collected by the Center for America Women and Politics at Rutgers University.  There are 19 open Senate seats.

Wisconsin candidate Leah Vukmir said it’s a great milestone, but whom she represents means more to her.

"It’s a historic number so I’m excited about that, but I’ve always said I never looked at that as an issue as I’ve been an elected official,” said Vukmir. “I represent men and women — I never looked at it as I’m just a female candidate."

The Rutger’s data also shows a surge in women running for governor.  A new milestone record last month shows 40 women running. In Wisconsin, there are two, Kelda Roys and State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.

Vinehout agrees with Vukmir that gender roles shouldn’t matter, that policies should win votes.

"I don’t think about my gender as an advantage or disadvantage,” said Vukmir. “I do my very best to do the job and hope people look at that and say, I appreciate that despite she’s a female."

In total, thousands of women have filed to run for offices up and down the ballot.  Some political experts are calling 2018 “The Year of the Women.”

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