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A candidate declared herself "fed up" with torn s bearing her face, demeaning comments about her hair and other attacks she says she's weathered during her campaign for Gilbert Town Council. Aimee Rigler, a first-time candidate for the post, said frustration with attacks on the campaign trail led her to post a video explaining the "Teflon" skin she's had to assume as a young woman running for office. The video has been viewed more than 8, times. Research has shown that attacks on women running for office hit their campaign harder than men, particularly when those attacks are sexist.

The point is more relevant than ever as a growing wave of female candidates campaign for their place at the political table across the United States. For the uproar to come out of Gilbert, where residents pride themselves on a small-town ambiance, is slightly surprising. Rigler proceeds to outline attacks that brought her to what she calls a "tipping point. A radio host from Holmberg said the segment was about political billboards and the photos candidates choose.

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He said he did not single Rigler out, nor did he mean any ill will with the comment, adding that President Donald Trump is often the butt of jokes about hair. Rigler told The Arizona Republic that she wanted to tell residents what it means when they engage with political attacks. I completely understand why other young women just wouldn't risk it. What's keeping Millennials out of local elections.

A study in the journal Political Behavior published in found that when women are attacked politically for a female stereotype, their campaigns are hurt more than in similar attacks on men. Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels has not seen the video, but said she is torn about whether negative political rhetoric is more vicious when it is directed at women. She recalled when she first ran for the Town Council inpeople said she would only get elected because of her age, looks and gender. Marie Lopez Rogers, former mayor of Avondale, said women tend to have a different frame of mind about campaigning than men, focused more on policy than competition.

VoteRunLead, an organization that trains women to run for office, specifically addresses sexist campaign attacks in a training web series, advising them to stay "cool, calm and collected. Rigler says in her video that she's not afraid of losing. But either way, she'll be living in the same community she's campaigning to lead. Reach reporter Lily Altavena at laltavena arizonarepublic.

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Follow her on Twitter: lilyalta. For more stories that matter, subscribe to azcentral. Facebook Twitter. Lily Altavena The Republic azcentral. Gilbert Town Council candidate Aimee Rigler calls out personal attacks. Gilbert Town Council candidate Aimee Rigler posted a video to Facebook detailing personal attacks she has faced while running for office.

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