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Britni Danielle
May, 25, 2018

Black women, the most reliable voting bloc in the nation, are tired of saving America from itself and are stepping up to demand their very own seat at the table.

In Georgia, Stacey Abrams just made history as the first Black woman to win a major party gubernatorial primary and will attempt to become the first African American woman to become the governor of a state in the history of America. In Alabama, more Black women are running for office than ever before, and they aren’t alone. Black women are stepping up to announce their candidacy at every level, including Diana Ross’ sister, Rita Ross.

A longtime public servant, Rita Ross has served on the Michigan Supreme Court Foster Care Review Board for the last 16 years. A self-described community advocate, Rita Ross is running to be the state representative for Michigan’s 5th district, serving her hometown of Detroit.

According to her website, Ross plans to advocate for infrastructure projects for the city, criminal justice reform, expanding access to early childhood education, and pushing for single-payer health care to ensure every Detroiter has access to quality medical care.

While her famous sister has called Rita Ross a “really dedicated Detroiter,” the aspiring politician will square off against six other Democrats, including the current incumbent, Fred Durhal III, on August 7, 2018.