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Emily’s List backs Rep. Steve Knight opponent in 25th District

Los Angeles Times: Emily's List backs Rep. Steve Knight opponent in 25th District

By Sarah D. Wire

Emily's List, the national abortion-rights advocacy group focused on electing women, is endorsing Katie Hill in her campaign against Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) for the 25th Congressional District.

In a statement, the group called her “a fighter for California families with lifelong roots in north Los Angeles County.”

Hill is the executive director and deputy CEO of People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH, a statewide organization that provides homeless services and develops housing.

“As the executive director of a nonprofit dedicated to fighting homelessness, Katie helped pass historic ballot measures to increase affordable housing in the Los Angeles community and was instrumental in expanding the nonprofit into a statewide organization so that it could serve all Californian individuals and families,” the statement said.

Hill called the endorsement a “big moment” and said she’s been working to get it since she announced her candidacy last spring.

Emily’s List raises funds for the candidates it endorses, and advises their campaigns.

“They are the largest, most well-respected and most well-known organization that supports female candidates,” she said. “Getting more women elected is a huge priority and there are a lot of people who see that. … This is a special moment, I think, for women to be standing up and running.”

The 25th District backed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 and is among Democrats’ top targets in the 2018 midterm election. A half-dozen other candidates have filed to run against Knight.