Record numbers of women have been energized to get involved in politics since the 2016 presidential election. KQED decided to help tell those women’s stories, and asked our audience to join us in this endeavor we're calling “The Long Run.” We chose four women across the state and across ethnic groups to share their experiences with us, and we checked in with them over the course of their campaigns.
Myel Jenkins is a first-time candidate running for a seat on the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education in Sacramento County. She launched her campaign in February and says she can finally see the finish line.
On why she's running:
"I'm running because I'm a parent who's been in our district since 2007. I'm running because I want to ensure that the voices of our parents are represented when it comes to decision-making, and I feel like I can do that. And I can do that even more by bringing forth a point of view of a family of color, an African-American, biracial family."
On the importance of family support: