Without a doubt, the future is female. Empowered women all over the country are making their mark on politics, but sites like The Cut only name Democratic or extremely progressive Republican women as “ones to watch.” A record number of women are running for office, according to Time Magazine, but not all of them lean left. Conservative women are also making strides in politics, and these women are FFL’s “one’s to watch.”

Leah Vukmir – Senate (Wisconsin)

Currently a State Senator in Wisconsin, Vukmir is running a senatorial campaign to bring conservative Wisconsin values to D.C. Before taking Governor Scott Walker’s seat in the state legislature, she worked as a nurse and served in the Wisconsin Assembly. Vukmir brings a unique perspective to healthcare, as a former nurse; military policy, as a “military mom;” and American values, as the daughter of Greek immigrants.

Martha McSally – Senate (Arizona)

Martha McSally served in the United States Air Force for 26 years and was the first female fighter pilot. Since her days in the Air Force, McSally was elected to the House of Representatives against a Democratic incumbent in a blue district. On her campaign website, McSally describes herself as an empowered woman who is ready to fight for “American values” in the Senate.

Jenifer Sarver – House of Representatives (Texas-21)

Jenifer Sarver is a proud Texan who has experience in politics, academia and corporate America. Perhaps most notably, she was a part of U.S. Senator Bailey Hutchinson’s senior staff, but she also has other policy experience in D.C. before she moved back to Texas. Sarver puts an emphasis on family and religion in her campaign for the House.

Laura Ellsworth – Governor (Pennsylvania)

Laura Ellsworth is one of four candidates running in the Republican primary for governor of Pennsylvania. A proven businesswoman and community leader, Ellsworth is an advocate of small government and less regulation. As well, she has extensive experience in charity such as raising money for United Way.

Beth Lindstrom – Senate (Massachusetts)

Who is one of the Republicans running to unseat Elizabeth Warren? A Republican woman named Beth Lindstrom. Lindstrom was the first woman executive director of the Massachusetts Republican Party. In addition, She was previously a member of Governor Romney’s Cabinet as Director of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation during his tenure. Beth is not only a wife and mother, but also a small business owner. 

Even though many publications will have you believe that the “Pink Wave” of 2018 leans completely left, there are also Republican women running for office in order to fight for conservative values in D.C.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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