Feminist candidates Jill Long Thompson of Indiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are gearing up for the primaries on May 6. Both women currently have slight leads in the polls.
Long Thompson, a former US House Representative for Indiana, is running for governor. She intends to improve education by establishing full-day kindergarten and reinvesting in higher education. She is also staunchly pro-choice, unlike the current governor. She is running against Jim Schellinger, a wealthy architect, in the primaries, but, according to the Journal Gazette, she has a slight lead in the polls. She would be Indiana’s first woman governor.
Hagan is currently a state senator running for a seat in the US senate. She has served in the state senate for five years. According to the Charlotte Observer, she has vigorously supported education and children’s health programs. She is also a supporter of reproductive rights and opposes the war in Iraq. She is favored to win the primary.