For Immediate Release
March 12, 2018
EMILY's List Endorses Deidre DeJear for Iowa Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Deidre DeJear for Iowa secretary of state. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:
"Deidre DeJear has spent her career helping Iowa’s small business owners and making sure Iowans’ voices are heard at the ballot box. She started her own business that provides marketing tools and strategies to help boost local businesses and nonprofits. Deidre also spearheaded efforts to provide financial education to more than 100,000 Iowans with the United Way of Central Iowa’s Financial Capability Project. And as Iowa African American Vote Director for the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012, she registered thousands of new voters and increased turnout in the African American community."
"At a time when it’s critical we elect secretaries of state who understand the importance of fair, well-run elections and responding to the needs of small businesses, EMILY’s List could not be prouder to endorse an experienced leader like Deidre DeJear for Iowa secretary of state."
Last summer, EMILY's List placed Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate "On Notice" for his record of creating onerous and unnecessary voting restrictions and his failure to defend the voters of his state against President Trump’s sham 'voting commission.'
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 get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.