League of Women Voters hosts luncheon on women in politics

Updated: Mar. 26, 2018 at 1:56 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear hosted a luncheon Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilmington discussing ways that women who are interested in politics can seek public office.

Wilmington Mayor Pro Tem Margaret Haynes, Leland Mayor Brenda Bozeman, Sunset Beach Councilwoman Jan Haris, and District Court Judge Sandra Ray participated in the event and took questions from those eager to learn about how to become the next leader of their community.

A member of The League of Women Voters, Barbara Burrell, says her advice is talk about how your experience matches up against an opponent.

"Just think about your background and your own experience, and what you have that you can offer rather than your traditional politicians, who seem to run on big money and all we've got lots of people who will work for you," Burrell said.

Burrell also added that confidence is a good addition to how you campaign.

"We want people to think 'I can do this' because in the past we might have been less ambitious as men, not as likely to be asked to run but we want them to just get out there and do it," Burrell said.

Officials with the League of Women Voters say the group is not just for females and encourages everyone to get out and vote.

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