It is not too soon to begin engaging, educating, and energizing voters, candidates, and the media about the nneed to invest in children and families. In fact, the most effective electoral work ocurs well before the last weeks and months of campaigns, where the majority of campaign funds are spent. VoteKids2022 is working to identify candidates, create electoral resources related to federal child investments, and mobilize the base of child advocates to elect federal leaders who will prioritize children and make investments in their, and our, future.
On June 20th, 2022, the VoteKids2022 Steering Committee hosted a webinar conversation with Dr. Annie Andrews, a pediatrician turned child policy advocate who ran for Congress in 2022 and is now launching a "Their Future ... Our Vote" electoral initiative. Dr. Andrews' work is fully aligned with VoteKids2022. The ten minute excerpt above shares the conversation between Annie and LIbby Doggett on why we need to elect child champions to Congress and what we can do to make that happen.
The full webinar, with an overview of VoteKids2022 work, the Their Future launch video, and further dialogue with Annie Andrews, can be accessed below:
Thanks to the work of President Biden and many Congressional leaders, a child investment agenda -- as an essential infrastructure the federal government must support -- has been fleshed out. The 2024 elections will determine whether we will demonstrate public will and elect a working majority in Congress to enact that infrastructure.
Through the work and support of child advocates across the nation, VoteKids can report five of our ten House candidates – Yadira Caraveo (CO), Greg Landsman (OH), Wiley Nickel (NC), Emilia Sykes (OH), and Gabe Vasquez (NM) won uphill campaigns to become part of what will be the “freshman class of the future for kids."
We are child and family advocates committed to electing a working majority in Congress to invest in our nation’s future. We are building on our successful efforts in the 2020 election, where we raised over $700,000 to support the Biden-Harris campaign and their agenda for children.
We are seeking contributions for a slate of candidates to ensure the 2023 Congress permanently finances that infrastructure for children – the child tax credit, child care and preschool, paid family leave, infant and maternal health, home and community based services, community health, and education equity. We want candidates to know there is a powerful constituency supporting their leadership.
President Biden has proposed a transformational agenda for children -- over $1 trillion in new investments directed to children and families. The American Rescue Plan Act initiated these investments, and the Build Back Better agenda would have made them permanent. With our voice and the election of additional leaders in 2022, we can complete this agenda.
We have selected 5 Senate candidates and 10 House candidates in competitive races who can be the new voices and difference makers to completing the investment agenda for children started in 2021-2022. We selected these candidates because they already are child and family champions and will be the next generation of leaders on child and family policy.
We are seeking your name and voice as a host or co-host for this effort, through contributing to this campaign fund. We welcome all contributions, but people who commit at the $1000 or $500 levels will have their names (if they wish) featured as hosts to an October virtual fund-raising summit and on this website. We have established an ActBlue account to make giving simple.
We are seeking your insights, engagement, and support as we look to 2024. Please reach out to us and share your thoughts and how we can engage, educate, and energize acvocates and voters and candidates for the 2024 elections.
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