SCHENECTADY COUNTY — A progressive women’s political action committee in Saratoga Springs is looking to expand to the Schenectady area.
CapitalWomen will host a launch event at The Stockade Inn in Schenectady from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.
Albany activist and political organizer Libby Post began organizing CapitalWomen after the 2016 presidential election, with the goal of electing progressive women and men to state and local offices.
In Saratoga, those active in the group organized this past winter include former Saratoga Springs mayor Joanne Yepsen and Supervisor Tara Gaston, who was elected as one of the city’s representatives on the county Board of Supervisors in November.
In Schenectady, several elected women are expressing their support for the group.
“We know there are women in the city and throughout Schenectady County and the region who share CapitalWomen’s values,” said Denise Murphy McGraw, a Democratic member of the Niskayuna Town Board and one of the event’s organizers.
Caroline Boardman, the wife of Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy and herself politically active, is also involved.
“2018 is going to be a critical year for women running for office,” Boardman said. “We’ll see a number of women running throughout the area, and we need to be ready to support them with expertise, volunteers and money.”
Post said the political action committee donated $17,000 to candidates in local races during the 2017 elections.