Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-District 7), of Los Lunas, has been selected as one of eight chairpersons for the Right Leaders Network.
She has also been selected to join the executive board of the Women’s Legislative Network through the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Fajardo’s nomination to be the Western Regional Republican representative for WLN was confirmed on Thursday, Nov. 4.
Fajardo’s selection as chairwoman for the RLN follows her continued work with the RSLC through the Right Women Right Now program and the local Rise New Mexico organization which encourages women to engage in public policy and government.
“It is an honor to continue working with the RSLC to support inclusive growth for Republicans across the country and contribute to a changing face of our party,” said Fajardo. “I am excited to work with the committee and help bring to the table support for more women candidates in our upcoming elections.”
Through the RSLC’s Right Women Right Now and Future Majority Project initiatives, the committee over the past decade has recruited, trained, supported, and elected thousands of diverse state Republicans across the country, many of whom went on to serve in statewide and federal offices. The Right Leaders Network will both enhance and grow the committee’s recruiting and training capabilities thus far, and allow for:
- Prioritizing electing more women, as well as candidates from communities of color and diverse backgrounds.
- Engaging former state leaders, who now hold high federal or state office, to serve as mentors for the next generation of Republican leaders.
- Growing partnerships with aligned Republican organizations who share the same mission.
Fajardo is also looking forward to network through the WLN.
“Being selected to join the Women’s Legislative Network is a great opportunity to continue networking with and increasing the number of female candidates for legislative offices,” Fajardo said. “Over the past decade, we have seen major strides to uplift and change the face of who we elect to office and I am proud to continue those efforts with the NCSL and the Women’s Legislative Network.”
According to reports on the NCSL website from February 2021, about 2,259 women serve in state legislatures across the nation, and 90 women hold leadership positions.
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