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EMILY’s List Endorses Eight Women Leaders for the Virginia General Assembly

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019

EMILY’s List Endorses Eight Women Leaders for the Virginia General Assembly

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed eight women leaders for the Virginia General Assembly. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

“With Democrats only two seats away from capturing the majority in both chambers, these eight women are poised to have a real impact in determining the future of Virginia. They will speak up for women and families and fight for policies that ensure every Virginian has the best chance at success. They have been strong advocates for their communities throughout their careers and will undoubtedly bring that same passion to Richmond when they are elected this November. EMILY’s List is proud to be standing with these eight champions in their bids for the Virginia General Assembly.”

EMILY’s List endorsed the following slate of candidates: 

Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD-66)
Nancy Guy (HD-83)
Karen Mallard (HD-84)
Johanna Gusman (HD-87
Shelly Simonds (HD-94)
Missy Cotter Smasal (SD-08)
Amanda Pohl (SD-11)
Amy Laufer (SD-17)

These endorsements are in addition to the 26 incumbents in the Virginia General Assembly EMILY’s List previously endorsed for re-election: Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02), Wendy Gooditis (HD-10), Danica Roem (HD-13), Kelly Fowler (HD-21), Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31), Kathleen Murphy (HD-34), Kaye Kory (HD-38), Vivian Watts (HD-39), Eileen Filler-Corn (HD-41), Kathy Tran (HD-42), Charniele Herring (HD-46), Hala Ayala (HD-51), Lashrecse Aird (HD-63), Karrie Delaney (HD-67), Dawn Adams (HD-68), Betsy Carr (HD-69), Delores McQuinn (HD-70), Jeion Ward (HD-92), Marcia (Cia) Price (HD-95), Mamie Locke (SD-02), Jennifer McClellan (SD-09), Rosalyn Dance (SD-16), L. Louise Lucas (SD-18), Barbara Favola (SD-31), Janet Howell (SD-32) and Jennifer Boysko (SD-33).

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILY’s List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 46,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.