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Susy Bates joined womenwinning in February 2011. She launched the Political Recruitment and Training program for the organization. Since the inception of the program, womenwinninghas seen an increase in women running, and winning at all levels of office. In 2011 alone, womenwinning was undefeated in Special Elections for open seats to the Minnesota Legislature. Prior to her work at womenwinning, Bates was a Regional Field and Political Director for the Margaret Anderson Kelliher for Governor Campaign. She helped secure a major party endorsement for the first time for any woman running for Governor in Minnesota. She then transitioned as the CD 5 Regional Field Director to the DFL Coordinated Campaign following the endorsement and managed operations for Mark Dayton during the recount in Hennepin County. Prior to her work in Minnesota, she served as a Regional Organizer for Planned Parenthood in Iowa and as a Field Organizer for the Iowans for Hillary Campaign. She brings both political campaign and advocacy experience to womenwinning.