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Unprecedented Number of Washington Women Seeking Political Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Due to overwhelming demand in Washington state, leading national and local groups including EMILY’s List, Amplify Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, NARAL Washington, Latino Victory Fund (LVF), WA State Democrats, National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington, Asian American Action Fund (AAA-Fund), New American Leaders Project (NALP), Run for Something, the WA House Democratic Campaign Committee, and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign Committee will offer a candidate training for Democratic women in Seattle, Washington.

EMILY’s List will offer its signature “Run to Win” training on Saturday, July 8th. The training gives women motivated to run for office the basic tools they need to launch a campaign and the opportunity to hear from organizations who are committed to helping them win. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, and State Senate Candidate Manka Dhingra will join the training.

Since Election Day over 15,000 women have reached out to EMILY’s List interested in running for office; hundreds of them from around Washington state. The Seattle training is part of a national recruitment effort that will train in over 20 states to get more women to run at every level of government.

WHAT:         Candidate training for pro-choice Democratic women who are motivated to run for office in Seattle

WHEN:         Saturday, July 8th from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

SPEAKERS: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal  

                      Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

                      State Senate Candidate Manka Dhingra  

RSVP:          Credentialed members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP to vcardenas@emilyslist.org Location will be provided upon confirmation.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILY’s List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to help more women run at the local, state, and national levels.