The 2020 election season is in full swing, and here at FFL we’re excited to see that there has been a surge in Republican women running for public office. We love to celebrate conservative women in all capacities and give our readers a look at what they stand for. 

The filing date for the New York congressional races recently passed, and there are twelve women running for United States Congress from the state. New York will have their primary on June 23, 2020.

Here’s what you need to know:

Cindy Grosz (NY-04)

Radio personality and activist Cindy Grosz is running to flip NY-04, a D+4 district currently held by Rep. Kathleen Rice. Grosz is a first time candidate and is a loud supporter of President Trump. In an interview with the Long Island Herald, she said that “a strong economy, constituent safety, education, and infrastructure” are her top priorities. If elected, she would be the first Modern Orthodox Jewish woman in Congress and the first Republican woman from Long Island.

Cathy Bernstein (NY-10)

Bernstein is running in New York’s Tenth Congressional District. She is a financial consultant and longtime grassroots activist. She has a long list of community groups she is active in and former campaigns she has volunteered on. On her campaign website, she lists her top issues as housing costs, education, infrastructure, homelessness, and support of Israel. NY-10 is currently represented by longtime Representative Jerry Nadler and the district is rated D+26.

Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)

Malliotakis has been making headlines since her 2017 run for New York City Mayor against Bill DeBlasio. The New York State Assembly Representative is setting her sights on Max Rose’s congressional seat, looking to flip the Staten Island seat rated R+3. Her campaign website outlines many issue areas, including common sense environmental protection, reforming our healthcare system, strengthening border security, and protecting senior citizens. Malliotakis has been endorsed by Winning for Women, E-PAC, and has been named an NRCC Young Gun.

Lovelynn Gwinn (NY-13)

Gwinn is an entrepreneur who has lived in Harlem for over 20 years. Her campaign website outlines her priorities if elected: protecting small businesses, increasing border security, support for school choice and vocational schools, and cutting taxes. The D+43 district is currently represented by Rep. Adriano Espaillat.

Yehudis Gottesfeld (NY-17)

A downstate native, Gottesfeld is running to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Rockland and Westchester County. She is a chemical engineer and an advocate for healthcare reform. Her campaign website lists her priorities as cutting red tape for small businesses, school choice, improving our healthcare system, and keeping Americans safe. The D+7 district is currently represented by Rep. Nita Lowey.

Maureen Schulman (NY-17)

Hired in 1982 as one of the first female New York firefighters, Schulman was part of a crew that responded to Ground Zero on 9/11. Now, she’s taking on Capitol Hill by running for Congress as a first time candidate. She is running on a platform of restoring American values, funding the border wall, standing up against socialism, and supporting our veterans.

Chele Farley (NY-18)

After falling short against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gilibrand in 2018, Chele Farley is running to flip the R+1 district from blue to red. She graduated from Stanford with two engineering degrees and has been working in financial services in New York. Her priorities include standing up against socialism, strengthening private health insurance, common sense immigration reform, and preserving Hudson Valley values. She has been endorsed by E-PAC and Winning for Women.

Ola Hawatmeh (NY-19)

Businesswoman, philanthropist, activist, first-generation American; all of these are words used to describe Hawatmeh. Her campaign website outlines some of her priorities: promoting pro-growth policies, reforming our immigration system, protecting life, and combating radical socialism. The R+2 district is currently represented by Democratic Rep. Anthony Delgado.

Elizabeth Joy (NY-20)

As a real estate agent and military wife, Joy came to fully appreciate the freedoms that we have as Americans. This love plus her pro-life views led her to run for office upon returning to her home district. Her campaign website features videos discussing her main issue areas: supporting police officers, rejecting Medicare for All, and securing our border. She has been endorsed by the Saratoga County GOP and NY Republican Party chairman Nick Langworthy. The district is currently rated D+7 and is represented by Rep. Paul Tonko.

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

When she was elected in 2014, Rep. Elise Stefanik was the youngest woman elected to Congress. She is now the youngest GOP woman ever elected to Congress, but if she has her way, she won’t be for long. Rep. Stefanik has become a loud voice in advocating for a diverse range of GOP candidates, including the recruitment of the largest number of Republican women in history. Before running for Congress, Stefanik graduated from Harvard and worked in President George W. Bush’s White House.

Stefanik advocates for her district by fighting for funding for Fort Drum, supporting farmers and other small business owners, supporting free-market solutions to climate change, and standing up for our Constitutional rights. Stefanik’s district is rated R+4.

Claudia Tenney (NY-22)

Tenney is a former NY State Assembly member and is looking to reclaim her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She represented NY-22 from 2017 to 2019 and is looking to flip the seat back to red in an R+6 district. She is an attorney, businesswoman, and single mother. Her long list of endorsements is topped by President Trump, the top three Republicans in the U.S. House, E-PAC, Winning for Women, Susan B. Anthony List, and 25 members of Congress. She is passionate about stopping job-killing regulations, standing up for veterans, reforming our immigration system, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.

Beth Parlato (NY-27)

An attorney by trade, Parlato is seeking the open seat in New York’s 27th Congressional District after the resignation of former Rep. Chris Collins. She wants to go to Washington to get things done for the district, including protecting the right to life and the right to bear arms, reforming immigration, lowering taxes, and pursuing an aggressive foreign policy agenda. The district sits between Rochester and Buffalo and is rated as R+11.

NOTE: Ruth Papazian, Scherie Murray, and Jineea Butler were all filed to run in New York’s 14th District by the filing deadline but have since announced their withdrawal from the race.

Jillian K