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Phyllis Hardwick Receives Endorsement from the Collective PAC, the Missouri Black Political Forum and Madam for America PAC

By July 29, 2020No Comments

Phyllis Hardwick Receives Endorsement from the Collective PAC, the Missouri Black Political Forum and Madam for America PAC

Hardwick endorsed by national and local organizations dedicated to building Black political impact and supporting Black women running for office.

KANSAS CITY, Mo – Phyllis Hardwick, candidate for Missouri House of Representatives, District 19 welcomed the endorsement of the Collective PAC, the Missouri Black Political Forum and Madam for America PAC.

“I am honored to have earned the support and endorsement of the Collective PAC, Missouri Black Political Forum and Madam for America PAC,” said Hardwick. “As a Black woman running for District 19 where a significant portion of the residents are people of color and are impacted by racial and economic disparities, I know how important it is for our community to have a representative who will go to work for the people. The support of these organizations that work every day to change the political trajectory of the Black community by building strong leaders is tremendous.”

Hardwick, who is running for office in the most diverse district in the state, has garnered the support of three Black led organizations who recognize the importance of qualified representation that reflects the community.

“Our organization is working to fix the challenge of under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. Our support of Hardwick is an opportunity to address the challenge of under-representation head on,” said Chris Scott, Director of Campaigns for the Collective PAC. “Although Hardwick’s district is the most diverse district in the state, that diversity has not been reflected in political leadership in that the district has never had representatives of color.”

Terrell Starr, senior reporter at The Root, notes that Hardwick’s challenges in garnering support from locally regarded political entities, is not a unique experience. He went on to write: “Hardwick is also dealing with the same type of establishment politics that folks like The Squad, Charles Booker in Kentucky, Jamaal Bowman in New York and other progressives face. In the aforementioned cases, the establishment, including the Black Congressional Caucus, rallied around the incumbent. In Kansas City, respected Black organizations, like Freedom Inc., are backing Hardwick’s white opponent, state Rep. Ingrid Burnett.”

 

The Collective PAC has thrown its support behind strong candidates who may be overlooked by establishment organizations. “We also recognize our candidates are working to break the status quo and may not receive the support of established political entities, despite being qualified and better suited for public service,” Scott shared. “That’s why our support of candidates like Phyllis – a leader in education and in the community she is running to represent – is critical. Backing Phyllis is an opportunity to make sure voters have the chance to elect a qualified candidate who truly represents them.”

ABOUT Collective PAC:
The Collective PAC is working to fix the challenge of under-representation of the Black community in elected seats of power throughout our nation. To reach political equity – a place where African American elected officials represent the community’s population statistically – Black people should hold at least 13% of all elected offices in the U.S.

ABOUT Phyllis Hardwick:
Phyllis Hardwick is a second-generation educator who lives in the Pendleton Heights neighborhood. The daughter of a truck driver and school paraprofessional, Phyllis learned the value of hard work and a good education very early in life. After more than a decade of public and civic service in Kansas City, Phyllis is running to work for the citizens of Missouri House District 19 to create a dynamic workforce, strong schools, thriving small businesses, and practical solutions to end violence. To learn more, visit: www.PhyllisHardwick.com