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Rooted in Rights Storyteller Carrie Wade Talks Running for Office with a Disability

This week, Rooted in Rights released a video by Storyteller Carrie Wade entitled “Running Out,” which looks at representation in public office and considers the challenges and opportunities of running for office as an LGBTQ woman with a disability. Carrie talked with both Sarah Blahovec, NCIL’s Disability Vote Organizer, former candidate Amy Biviano, and Reggie Greer, who is the Director of Constituent Engagement at the Victory Fund, which trains and supports openly LGBTQ individuals to seek elected office.  

Carrie explained: “only 25% of candidates are women, only 0.1% of elected officials openly identify as LGBTQ, and good luck even finding that kind of data on candidates or elected officials with disabilities.” Head over to Rooted in Rights to watch the video and see what Carrie learned, and to access more resources and information on running for office.  

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