Black Women for Congress: Nine Names to Know

Rising star Mia Love is among a few women seeking office.

Virginia Fuller  - While all eyes are on the 2012 presidential election, this season's congressional race proves just as compelling in many parts of the country, especially with this year's crop of Black female contenders.  BET.com gives you a snapshot of nine African-American women running for Congress. ? Britt Middleton  Republican Virginia Fuller is running for the 11th Congressional District of California. A child advocate, Fuller formerly served as rehab nurse at a children's hospital in Oakland. She also established and operated two pediatric care facilities serving abused and neglected children. (Photo: fullerforcongress.org)

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Virginia Fuller  - While all eyes are on the 2012 presidential election, this season's congressional race proves just as compelling in many parts of the country, especially with this year's crop of Black female contenders.  BET.com gives you a snapshot of nine African-American women running for Congress. – Britt Middleton Republican Virginia Fuller is running for the 11th Congressional District of California. A child advocate, Fuller formerly served as rehab nurse at a children's hospital in Oakland. She also established and operated two pediatric care facilities serving abused and neglected children. (Photo: fullerforcongress.org)

Val Demings - Democrat Val Demings is running for the 11th Congressional District of Florida. The former Chief of Police of the Orlando Police Department, Demings has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. (Photo: valdemings.com)

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Val Demings - Democrat Val Demings is running for the 11th Congressional District of Florida. The former Chief of Police of the Orlando Police Department, Demings has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. (Photo: valdemings.com)

Joyce Beatty - Democrat Joyce Beatty is running for the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio. A tenured professor and business owner from Columbus, Ohio, Beatty previously served five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. (Photo: beattyforcongress.com)

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Joyce Beatty - Democrat Joyce Beatty is running for the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio. A tenured professor and business owner from Columbus, Ohio, Beatty previously served five terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. (Photo: beattyforcongress.com)

Mia Love - Republican Mia Love is running for the 4th Congressional District of Utah. She is currently mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. (Photo: Landov)

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Mia Love - Republican Mia Love is running for the 4th Congressional District of Utah. She is currently mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. (Photo: Landov)

Dr. Ella Ward - Democrat Dr. Ella Ward is running for the 4th Congressional District of Virginia. A retired educator, Ward is currently serving her second term on the Chesapeake City Council, where she has presided since May 2006. (Photo: ellawardforcongress.com)

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Dr. Ella Ward - Democrat Dr. Ella Ward is running for the 4th Congressional District of Virginia. A retired educator, Ward is currently serving her second term on the Chesapeake City Council, where she has presided since May 2006. (Photo: ellawardforcongress.com)

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Still In the Running - Kesha Rogers, an alcolyte of the conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, won 21.7 percent of support in her race to become the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in Texas. Because none of the candidates secured a majority of the votes in the March 4 primary, Rogers will face off against Dallas dentist David Alameel in a May 27 run-off.(Photo: Kesha Rogers.com)

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Kesha Rodgers - Democrat Kesha Rodgers is running for the 22nd Congressional District of Texas. Rogers spent nine years as a leader of the LaRouche Youth Movement, an advocacy group calling for more classical arts and science-based curriculum in America's classrooms. (Photo: kesharogers.com)

Tawana Cadien - Democrat Tawana Cadien  is running for the 10th Congressional District of Texas. A registered nurse, Cadien has served in many roles in the public health sector and in 2010 she was elected as Precinct Chair of Jefferson County Precinct 26. (Photo: tawanacadienforcongress.com)

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Tawana Cadien - Democrat Tawana Cadien  is running for the 10th Congressional District of Texas. A registered nurse, Cadien has served in many roles in the public health sector and in 2010 she was elected as Precinct Chair of Jefferson County Precinct 26. (Photo: tawanacadienforcongress.com)

Shirley McKellar, 1st Congressional District of Texas - Military veteran and nonprofit business owner Shirley McKellar wants to unseat incumbent Republican Congressman Louis Gohmert in 2014. This is her second bid for a seat in Congress. The self-described "conservative Democrat" in 2012 received about 27 percent of the vote compared to Gohmert's 71 percent.  (Photo: Courtesy of Vote Shirley McKellar)

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Dr. Shirley McKeller - Democrat Dr. Shirley McKeller is running for the 1st Congressional District of Texas. Dr. McKeller is a retired officer of the United States Army, registered nurse, educator and founder and chief executive officer of McKellar-McKellar-Ntaka and Associates, a nonprofit group that has worked with survivors of sexual and physical abuse and breast cancer. (Photo: votemckellar.com)

Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu  - Democrat Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu is running for the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina. An educator with a background in applied economics, Dr. Tinubu is currently a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She is also chairperson and chief executive officer of Bromell Tinubu Group, LLC, which specializes in community economic development. (Photo: gloria4congress.com)

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Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu  - Democrat Dr. Gloria Bromell Tinubu is running for the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina. An educator with a background in applied economics, Dr. Tinubu is currently a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She is also chairperson and chief executive officer of Bromell Tinubu Group, LLC, which specializes in community economic development. (Photo: gloria4congress.com)