CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The National Organization for Women Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) announced this week it is endorsing Mark Hunt, Congressional candidate for West Virginia’s Second District, in the general election.
Linda Berg, Political Director for the National Organization for Women, says candidates endorsed by NOW PAC are proven leaders in the struggle to achieve full equality for women and girls.
“Mark is a leader who is committed to NOW issues, and when elected, will be a valuable ally in our work to advance women’s rights,” said Berg. “Our goal is to elect the strongest feminist in the race, and although our goal is to achieve gender parity in elected offices, NOW PAC is the only women’s rights PAC that endorses feminist men.”
Hunt says he’s honored by the endorsement, and has spent his years in public service being an outspoken advocate for equal rights and equal opportunity for all West Virginians.
“I was raised by a single mother, so I will always advocate for equal opportunities for women,” said Hunt. “I’ve sponsored and supported domestic violence prevention legislation, am a staunch supporter of “equal pay for equal work” and I’ve voted for legislation that requires insurance companies to pay for women’s preventive health screenings, neonatal visits and maternity care. A single mother or working parent should not be forced to choose between a paycheck and their own health or that of a family member. That’s why I support legislation to provide Paid Sick Leave benefits to our workers. And, as your Congressman, will support expanding Earned Income Tax Credits to provide more disposable income to our working families. This will help our families, our economy and our state.”
At the federal level, NOW/PAC relies on recommendations from state and local NOW chapters that are familiar with a candidate’s record and positions. All NOW PACs base their endorsements on a broad feminist agenda. No other PACs expect candidates to take such strong stands on such a wide range of issues. These issues include, but are not limited to:
- Economic justice
- Ending violence against women
- LBGT rights (including marriage equality)
- Constitutional Equality