TURLOCK, Stanislaus County — If Democrats defeat four-term Central Valley GOP Rep. Jeff Denham in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional races next week and retake the House, it will be because of women who took Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, at her word when she urged opponents of President Trump: “Don’t agonize, organize.” This has been dubbed the Year of the Woman in politics because of the record number of women running for office. But the Central Valley race is symptomatic of another trend, especially among Democrats: Women, often with little political experience, have taken lead organizing roles even before candidates appeared to challenge incumbents. Their common theme: They moved beyond complaining to their friends to getting involved in a local race. They used social media to organize, not just repost the latest story from the liberal echo chamber. More than a year ago, Crystal Sousa and Janet Smith organized a protest against Denham in Turlock. Fifteen people showed up, “and we were so excited,” Sousa said. The name of their group, Be the Change Turlock, seemed optimistic in a town with little history of activism. “I’ve lived in Turlock and now (nearby) Denair for 35 years, and… Read full this story
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