As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

This undated photo provided by the Luz Escamilla Campaign shows Utah lawmaker and Salt Lake City former mayoral candidate Luz Escamilla with her husband Juan Carlos and three of her children, Aileen, Sol and Cielo, in Salt Lake City. She was among the first candidates to use a new Utah law that allows campaign money to be used for childcare. A small but growing number of states are passing similar measures, something that advocates say will allow more women to run for office amid a historic rise in the number of female candidates around the country. (Brandon Cruz/Luz Escamilla Campaign via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign.

Candidates for federal office can tap their campaign accounts to pay for it, but it’s a patchwork at the state level. Just six states have laws specifically allowing the use of campaign money for child care.

In most states, the law is silent on the issue and up to interpretation. Female candidates say the expense is an unnecessary barrier and shows why more women are needed in positions of power.

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