The number of women elected to office in November broke records at the state and national levels. Now, new data shows that women running for local office in California also exceeded expectations.
Women now make up just over 35 percent of all city council seats and mayorships in California. That’s according to public affairs research firm Grassroots Lab. Firm principle Robb Korinke said that’s the highest percentage since they began tracking municipal offices 10 years ago.
“Women are doing very well almost everywhere. They’re over performing their numbers in most corners of the state," he said. "One thing that really stood out to us was the Bay Area. In that nine county Bay Area, women were winning almost half the seats.”
Korinke notes women also won half, or nearly half, of their races in Sacramento, San Diego and San Luis Obispo counties. In Los Angeles County, women won 40 percent of their races, a 10 point gain.
Non-incumbent women did especially well. Of the more than 500 newly-elected officials, 42 percent were women. And there’s a clear partisan divide. Fewer than one in five of those women were Republicans. In fact, Korinke says the so-called Blue Wave has wiped out the GOP grip on local politics.