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Upcoming Tally Event To Encourage More Women To Run For Public Office

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Encouraging more women to seek public office is the goal of a first-of-its-kind initiative for the Big Bend area. Residents can learn more about the program through the “Women Can Run! Launch Party” Monday.

The Oasis Center for Women and Girls is partnering with several organizations, including the League of Women Voters and Leadership Tallahassee, to launch the Women Can Run! program. The Oasis Center’s Haley Cutler says the year-long effort will empower more women to have a voice in politics.

“So, it’s education about what that could realistically look like, it’s tools and resources, we have a manual we created last year, we have campaign consultants on call, and on tap and ready to support the women that we’re working with. Importantly, this is a bipartisan issue-neutral program. It is sincerely just about getting women to throw their hat in the ring that will make a difference for our community,” said Cutler.

Officials expected to attend the launch include former Tallahassee Mayor Dorothy Inman-Johnson as well as Leon County Commissioners Mary Ann Lindley and Kristen Dozier. There's also Martha Lang with Leon County Soil and Water Conservation and Democratic Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hotel Duval’s Sunrise Room in Tallahassee.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.