The National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington (NWPC-WA) has honored two Edmonds women for their work on local political campaigns.
Evelyn Wellington and Beth Fraser were honored Dec. 11 as Heroines of 2011 for their efforts to ensure that women win campaigns and are represented equally in political leadership roles, said NWPC-WA President Linda Mitchell.
“They make phone calls; they go door-to-door; they manage assets; they provide the support and important encouragement,” Mitchell said “These women are the backbone of so many successful campaigns, but oftentimes remain behind the scenes – the unsung heroines.”
The National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington is a multi-partisan grassroots membership organization dedicated to engaging women in the political process and increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office at all levels of government. Its mission is to identify, mentor, educate and support women leaders in the community who demonstrate a commitment to women’s economic and social equality and reproductive freedom.
In the weeks before the Dec. 11 event, women who ran for office nominate an outstanding “heroine” a woman who was indispensable to their campaign — to be publicly honored by the NWPC.
Here’s what Edmonds City Councilmember Lora Petso said of her heroine, Wellington: “Evelyn networked with important voter groups in town, accepted a challenging committee appointment, and was willing to drive around town with my campaign sticker on her car!” She concludes, “All together, she made a big difference in my campaign.”
Fraser, who serves as the Attorney Administrator at Snohomish County Office of Public Defense, was the heroine of County Councilmember Stephanie Wright. “Beth was there week in and week out, doorbelling, sign waving, helping at sign in tables, anything that was needed,” Wright said. “It wasn’t just her actions, but her wonderful, positive attitude that always impressed me the most.”