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WITH three women running for the top...


WITH three women running for the top three spots in city government, there were expectations that the fund-raising organization Harriet's List would get involved in these local races.

To the lament of the female candidates, it's not.

That had to be disappointing news for mayoral candidate Mary Pat Clarke, comptroller candidate Joan Pratt and City Council president candidate Vera Hall. They are all in tough fights against men and need all the financial assistance they can get.

A spokesperson for Harriet's List, Sayra Wells Meyerhoff, told the City Paper that the group's board had decided to concentrate on recruiting women candidates for the legislature, even though those campaigns are two years away.

Harriet's List treasurer Amy Randall also pointed out that, in the past, the two-year-old organization had only been involved in races for state offices. The political action committee apparently didn't want to establish a new precedent at this time.

Harriet's List, named in honor of Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman, is patterned after the national group called EMILY's List. EMILY stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast (it makes dough).

EMILY's List is credited with helping fund the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Barbara Mikulski in 1986. More recently, Harriet's List is said to have raised nearly $124,000 for 15 candidates in last fall's elections in Maryland.

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