Groups: Elect more women from South

Heather McTeer lost her long-shot bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson in Mississippi’s March primary. But she hopes her attempt encourages other women in the South to run for office – whether for a seat on the school board or in Congress.

“Women need to see other women running,” said McTeer, former mayor of Greenville. “Regardless of what it looks like, we have a voice, and a voice that absolutely must be heard.”

McTeer is helping to recruit women to run for elective office in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee for a group called She Should Run, which says its mission is to dramatically increase the number of women serving in public leadership.

Hattiesburg American
4/28/12