Wyoming women leaders share tips for running, serving in office

(Statewide, WY) — An online discussion is planned for Thursday, June 3rd, at noon with prominent Wyoming lawmakers who will explore common barriers women face when running for office.

Equality State Policy Center partnered with national organization She Should Run to host this online discussion with State Senator Tara Nethercott, House Minority Whip Andi Clifford and Chairwoman of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners Natalia D. Macker.

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On the one-year anniversary of its People’s Review: Live! discussion series, ESPC is adding a national, nonpartisan partner. Thursday’s noon event will be the third stop in She Should Run’s Road to Run Series and will highlight the role of personal narrative in effective campaigning and leadership.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with She Should Run for this month’s event,” said ESPC Acting Director Ana Marchese. “We know that women are vastly underrepresented in public office in Wyoming. We also know that many women just need some advice and a little encouragement to run. This presentation from two prominent Wyoming’s leaders will provide both those things.”

State Senator Tara Nethercott and House Minority Whip Andi Clifford will talk about their experiences running for and serving in office, and give potential candidates tips for finding their public voices. Teton County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Natalia Macker will moderate the discussion.

Road to Run is a free online presentation open to the public, and participants can register at https://bit.ly/3vc5Bql. Women considering running for office at any level are especially encouraged to attend.

Earlier this year, a policy brief issued by ESPC and the Wyoming Women’s Foundation and prepared by the U.W. Survey and Analysis Center showed that electing more women, regardless of party, has a positive impact on policies that improve the lives of women and girls.

“Whether you’re thinking of running for office or just want to gain some leadership skills, this discussion will help,” said Marchese.

House Minority Whip Andi Clifford is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. She won the election to the Wyoming State Legislature, House District 33, in 2020.

Senator Tara Nethercott of Cheyenne is a Wyoming native. She has represented Senate District 4 since 2016. Nethercott is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Natalia D. Macker is Chairwoman of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners. She was recognized as Commissioner of the Year by the Wyoming County Commissioner’s Association in 2019 for her outstanding service to counties and the state.

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