RI NOW Political Action Committee

The purpose of the RI NOW Political Action Committee is to elect progressive women and other feminist candidates to state and local office in Rhode Island.

2016 ENDORSED Candidates 

The RI NOW PAC seeks to elect candidates who share our vision for a more just society for women. We are proud to annouce our 2016 Endorsed Candidates for the Primary Election on September 13, 2016: 

State Senate

  • Jonathan Hernandez, Senate District 6
  • Doris De Los Santos, Senate District 7
  • James Seveny, Senate District 11
  • Elizabeth Crowley, Senate District 16
  • Dennis Lavallee, Senate District 17
  • Jeanine Calkin, Senate District 30

House of Representatives

Local Races

  • Sandra Cano, Pawtucket City Council, At-Large 
  • Meghan Kallman, Pawtucket City Council, Ward 5
  • Elena Vasquez, Pawtucket School Committee 

Our Goals

Our goals are to raise money, issue endorsements to progressive women and other feminist candidates in statewide and local elections, and mobilize voters to support candidates.

Our Process

The RI NOW PAC employs a rigorous set of criteria in its endorsement process. Endorsement in a particular race goes to the strongest feminist candidate. While the RI NOW PAC seeks to bring more women into public office, it will not support a woman over a man when he is the better candidate on our issues. When all other criteria are equal, the RI NOW PAC will support a woman candidate over a man. Candidates must be feminist leaders and strong supporters of women's rights issues, including:

  • Reproductive freedom
  • Economic equality
  • Ending violence against women
  • Constitutional equality
  • Civil rights for all - emphasis on lesbian rights and racial justice
  • Affirmative action: ensuring equal opportunities for women and people of color
  • Moving women out of poverty through empowering, non-punitive welfare policies

Become a PAC Supporter

It's a great way to support the PAC's work and elect feminist candidates. There are many ways to become a PAC supporter. Whether you make a donation to the PAC or a PAC-endorsed candidate, sign up to volunteer on campaigns, or simply want to receive PAC email alerts, we have a way for you to get involved!

Become a PAC Member

PAC members are people who vote on candidate endorsements and help to make other key decisions. Being a PAC member requires a significant time commitment during the election season. PAC members commit to: reading questionnaires for each and every candidate who returns one, attending and participating in interviews with candidates who are invited to speak to the PAC board, volunteering on endorsed campaigns, and assisting with other PAC work as needed.

For more information about volunteering, becoming a PAC member, signing up for email alerts, and other ways to get involved with the RI NOW PAC, email our PAC chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Previous PAC Endorsed Candidates