Moves from “On the List” to a Full Recommendation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Alma Adams for Congress to represent North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District. EMILY’s List is moving Adams from “On the List,” a designation that gave her early access to its grassroots network of three million members, to a full recommendation.
“Throughout her career, Alma Adams has shown incredible commitment to the women and working families of North Carolina,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Alma is a trusted and proven public servant and the EMILY’s List community– now three million members strong – is proud to continue supporting her strong campaign.”
In 1984, Adams became the first African American woman elected to the Greensboro City School Board. After serving on the school board for two years, Adams campaigned successfully for a seat on the Greensboro City Council. Six years later, Adams began serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives. Adams has spent her 19 years in the state House defending women’s reproductive rights by speaking out against North Carolina’s extreme abortion restrictions and working to improve adolescent sexual education programs. Always conscious of the struggles faced by working families, Adams fought to increase North Carolina’s minimum wage and expand access to affordable housing. Adams is a mother of two and a grandmother of four.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 28 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 8,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.