Five longtime friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings each won their state Senate races in this year’s midterm elections.
The five Democratic women candidates — Tammy Story, Faith Winter, Jessie Danielson, Brittany Pettersen and Kerry Donovan — all swept their state Senate races by double digits in Colorado, People reported Wednesday.
The women, who call themselves “The Fab Five,” helped flip the state Senate to a Democratic majority for the first time in five years, the outlet noted.
“We were all in it together,” Danielson, who currently serves as member of the Colorado House of Representatives, told the magazine.
Winter, who beat out a Republican incumbent for her race earlier this month, told the magazine she previously worked with Danielson at Emerge Colorado, a group that trains women to run for office.
“Essentially she was my boss,” Winter told People of Danielson. “She and I have been friends and colleagues for a long time as well.”
Winter was also a bridesmaid for Petersen, who also currently serves as a state representative, in her wedding last year.
Story, who beat out her incumbent Republican challenger by 15 percentage points, told the magazine that she met the other four women through advocacy work.
“We hoped we were all going to win, but I don’t think anyone predicted the margin that we would win by,” Story said.
Each of the women said they helped the others face negative advertisements and criticism during their campaigns.
“Through the campaign, the five of us were very supportive of each other,” Winter said. “We had several text chains where we would check in with one another and see how we were doing.”
“If a particularly bad ad or piece of mail came out, we would reassure each other on the text chain, ‘Have you seen the mail? It’s so awful, how are you doing?’” she continued.
Danielson said that, since her campaign, she’s had a “number of younger women” tell her that they have been inspired to run for office.
“I’ve had a number of younger women come to me and say to me, ‘I see you can do it, now I feel I can do it too,’ they see you can run for office and have a family,” she said. The state senator-elect was known for bringing her daughter with her on campaign trail, the magazine noted.
The women are among the more than 2,000 women who are gearing up to take office in state legislatures nationwide next year, a number that shatters the previous record for women who have held legislative seats.