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For Immediate Release

July 11, 2020

Madam for America Endorses Phyllis Hardwick for Missouri House of Representatives - District 19

Today, Madam for America, the Midwest’s leading organization for Black women in politics, endorsed Phyllis Hardwick for Missouri House of Representatives in District 19. Dorothy L. McClendon, Esq., president of Madam for America, released the following statement:

“Phyllis Hardwick is a public servant and second-generation educator focused on building stronger schools, strengthening our workforce and safer communities. As a former educator with experience working in the nonprofit sector, Phyllis believes that investing in Pre-K and increasing teacher pay is how we improve our education system and ensure equity. She is a proponent of criminal justice reform and protecting voting rights. She is ready to lead, listen to the needs of our community and work to effect real solutions for the betterment of our working families.”

“Phyllis will bring a youthful voice and revived vision of change to the Missouri House of Representatives. Madam for America is proud to support her campaign to bring new leadership to Jefferson City, Missouri.”

Phyllis earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia, with a double major in history and sociology. She earned a Master's degree in Educational Studies from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.