Melissa Ackison was a 2018 Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate for Ohio, losing in the primary. Ackison grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She is the co-owner and managing partner of Ackison Surveying LLC. Previously, she was the owner of a staffing firm and was in human resources both domestically and internationally.
Kathleen Allen was a 2018 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Georgia. She lost in the primaries. Allen was born in Concord, New Hampshire, on April 9, 1971. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and French from Claremont McKenna College. Allen has spent her career in managed healthcare and related software industries.
Naomi Andrews is chief of staff and senior counsel for U.S. Representative Carol Shea-Porter. After Shea-Porter announced her retirement, Andrews ran in the 2018 election for that seat (New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District), but lost in the primaries. Andrews was born and raised in Epping, New Hampshire. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School Of Law. She was campaign manager for Carol Shea-Porter's 2012 and 2016 campaigns.
Cindy Axne is representative-elect to the U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. Axne and Abby Finkenauer, who also won election to the U.S. House on Nov. 6, 2018, will be the first women to serve in the U.S. House from Iowa. Axne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Following her graduation from the University of Iowa, she worked in strategic planning and leadership development for the Tribune Company in Chicago. From 2005 to 2014, […]
Dana Balter was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives for New York's 24th Congressional District, losing to incumbent John Katko. Balter earned a master's degree in public administration from the University of Connecticut and is a Ph.D. candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She began her career as a special education teacher at a nonprofit organization that provides support services to adults with cognitive disabilities, moving to director of education and then director of marketing and communications. She is now a visiting […]
Shenna Bellows was the 2014 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Maine, but lost to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins. Bellows was born on March 23, 1975, in Greenfield, Mass. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College in 1997, where she received highest honors for a thesis in economic and environmental sustainability. Bellows worked as a research associate at Economists Incorporated from 1997 to 1999, then served in the Peace Corps in Panama as a small-business development volunteer. She was then an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Nashville, Tenn., assisting […]
LuAnn Bennett was the 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th congressional district, but lost to incumbent Barbara Comstock in the general election. Bennett was born on October 3, 1953, in Highland, Illinois. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University. She and her husband Richard moved to Virginia in 1980 and started a real estate business. She served as an appointee of then-Governor Tim Kaine on Virginia's Climate Change Commission, the Virginia Health Care Foundation, the I Have a Dream Foundation, […]
Carolyn Bourdeaux was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Represenatives to represent the 7th Congressional District of Georgia. Bourdeaux earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, an M.P.A. from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in public administration from Syracuse University. She has been a professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University since 2003. From 2007 to 2010, she took a leave of absence to be director of Georgia’s Senate Budget and Evaluation Office.
Mary Burke was the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor of Wisconsin, losing to incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. She is a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corporation and the daughter of Trek Bicycle Corporation founder Richard Burke. She also served as the Wisconsin secretary of commerce. Burke was born on April 30, 1959, and grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin. She received a finance degree from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1985. Burke began her career as a consultant in New York and Washington, D.C., before returning […]
Stephanie Carlisle was a Republican candidate for governor of Nevada in 2018, losing in the primary. She also ran in the 2016 election for the U.S. House, losing in the primary. Carlisle was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned an associate’s degree in health care Administration from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in organizational leadership management from Fort Hayes State University. During this time, she also had careers in modeling, business and banking until she began her political career.