"Everybody told me I was crazy when I started this,” she says. “I was told you need to raise $100,000 just from friends and family in order to be taken seriously.” But then, she did just that: She raised $126,000 in the first two weeks of her campaign. Since then, she’s opened three campaign offices, hired staff, and built out a roster of tireless volunteers. She’s become a darling of The Resistance, with endorsements from Democratic powerhouse EMILY’S List, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Our Revolution, the organization that grew out of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recently added New York’s 2nd District to its list of battlefields for the first time in 12 years. “People aren’t counting us out anymore,” Grechen Shirley says.
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