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For Immediate Release

July 11, 2020

Madam for America Endorses Jamie Braden for Missouri House of Representatives - District 26

Today, Madam for America, the Midwest’s leading organization for Black women in politics, endorsed Jamie Braden for Missouri House of Representatives in District 26. Dorothy L. McClendon, Esq., president of Madam for America, released the following statement:

“Jamie Braden is a retired educator from the Kansas City School District where she taught for over three decades. She is involved in numerous local organizations and is an advocate for fully funding public education, supporting and teachers, expansion of voting rights protection, increased mental health services and safer communities. Jamie cares about the community she serves and will ensure that the voices of the constituents of Kansas City are represented in Jefferson City, Missouri.”

“Jamie will bring her decades of educational leadership to Jefferson City. Her knowledge and expertise as a school principal, specializing in special education, and being a doctoral degree candidate, uniquely positions her to advocate for educational equity. Madam for America is proud to support her campaign to elevate the needs of our students, teachers, increased funding for affordable health care as well as being an advocate for safer communities. She will build bridges with legislators to advance the causes of our communities."

Madam for America, is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to recruiting and training leaders, supporting strong campaigns, and mentoring Black women for public office throughout the Midwest. Since our founding on July 25, 2019, Madam for America has helped women win competitive campaigns – in state and local races – and researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. In less than a year in existence, we have helped elect two women to office. In 2020 during COVID-19, we helped one woman make history as the first Black person elected to the Lee’s Summit School Board and we helped one woman to get elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2019, a special election. Since our launch, more women have reached out to Madam for America about running for office laying the groundwork for candidates for local, state and federal offices.