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National Politics

Women Top The Democratic Ticket In November

The top four Democrats on the ballot this November in the Quad Cities area are women, and they all appeared on stage together on Labor Day at the Salute To Labor Picnic in Hampton, Illinois. 

Hillary Clinton tops the Democratic ticket as the first woman to become a major party's candidate for president. She's joined by Representative Tammy Duckworth seeking a U.S. Senate seat, Representative Cheri Bustos looking to keep her congressional seat, and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza running for state comptroller.

Duckworth says Clinton's experience as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady have prepared her for the presidency.

"I think she is the most highly qualified candidate for president that we've had, at least in my lifetime and as long as I can remember," Duckworth says. "She is uniquely qualified, having served in many different branches of government. She will be someone who on her day one knows exactly what it takes to be president and is qualified to do it."

Bustos says women approach governing differently than men.

"We're collaborative by nature and I think we can see that a lot of things aren't going the way they should be going," Bustos says. "I think to offer an alternative with an all female ticket on the top four seats is a pretty good thing to offer to people."

During her speech to a crowd of nearly three thousand people, Clinton urged voters to support the Democratic women on the Illinois ballot in November.

Clinton faces Republican nominee Donald Trump in November. Bustos is running against Patrick Harlan for the 17th Congressional District, Duckworth is running against Mark Kirk for Senate and Mendoza faces Comptroller Leslie Munger.

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