Ugly Campaigns Deter Women From Running For Office

Tue, 2017-02-28

by Melodie Edwards | Wyoming Public Radio 

On Monday, women gathered from around the state to attend the tenth annual Leap Into Leadership conference. This year’s conference focused on how to cultivate a more respectful discourse in state politics.

Former U.S. Senator and Bipartisan Policy Center fellow Olympia Snowe was the keynote speaker. She talked about how bipartisanship has never been an easy job, not even when the founding fathers crafted the constitution.

That message was echoed during a panel on civility in modern politics. Former Jackson mayor Sara Flitner said that, while she was dedicated to civility in her campaign for mayor this year, she felt her opponent was not. Former House Minority Leader Mary Throne and other panelists told stories of similar campaigns that used personal attacks to swing the vote.

Flitner says such attacks make it hard for women running for office.