Black women candidates seeking public office across the nation have a great opportunity to win this year, partly because Black women are more politically engaged than in recent years. According to the Black Women’s Roundtable, Black women voted at the highest percentage of any other demographic in 2008 and 2012.

During this election cycle, Black women are increasingly pursuing elected offices that have never been held by a woman.

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In New Orleans, for example, residents will choose between City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former judge Desiree Charbonnet, two African-American women running for mayor, an office that has always been occupied by a male.

A trio of Black women political hopefuls are also seeking to make historic firsts in South Carolina, The Charleston Chronicle reported.

Robin Ruth Gause, of Myrtle Beach, is running for a state House seat; Marguerite Chrissy Johnson is campaigning to be elected mayor of Walterboro and Peggy Hammond could become the first Black woman to sit on Walterboro’s town council.

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Hammond told the Chronicle that her candidacy was not about building a political career.

“I am a citizen who has great concern for my community,” she said. “I believe that given my community experience and activism, I can help grow Walterboro as a city council member.”

Black women represent about 7 percent of the U.S. population but hold fewer than 1 percent of statewide elected offices. They also hold 3.5 percent of state legislative seats and 2 percent of mayoral offices in cities with more than 30,000 residents, according to Higher Heights for America.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., arrives at a rally of health care advocates, grassroots activists, and others outside the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Senate Republicans began another push to repeal the Affordable Care Act with the Graham-Cassidy proposal. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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