By INDYKIDS STAFF
On June 26, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary election in the 14th congressional district in New York City, which covers parts of Queens and the Bronx. She beat out Joe Crowley, the incumbent who has been one of the most powerful Democrats in the House of Representatives. “Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office,” said Ocasio-Cortez at the opening of a campaign ad released in May. “I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family.”
Ocasio-Cortez grew up in a working-class family in the Bronx. Among the list of issues she is advocating for are an end to private prisons, an assault weapons ban, health insurance for all and a call to abolish ICE. In part because of the popularity of her progressive platform, Republicans have been quick to criticize her, pointing out errors in her quoting of budgets. In a Twitter response, she pointed to the sexism underneath the criticism: “1st time female candidate makes small slip on a budgetary figure during extemporaneous interview: “This girl is SO uninformed! She needs to stay quiet until she knows everything!” / Incumbent male Congressman brings a snowball to Congress to “disprove” climate change.”
If she wins the midterm election on November 6, 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez would become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She’s not the only woman of color making waves in the polls during this November’s midterms. Democrat Stacey Abrams of Georgia might become the first Black woman to become a governor. Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Sharice Davids in Kansas, both Democrats, could become the first Native American women in Congress. Rashida Tlaib in Michigan and Ilhan Omar in Minnesota will likely become the first Muslim women elected to Congress.
Incumbent: the person who holds an office or post
Extemporaneous: spoken or done without preparing