November 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement on Sheila Oliver - the first woman of color to be elected to statewide office in New Jersey - becoming New Jersey’s next lieutenant governor.
“The people of New Jersey have had eight years of stalled progress in Trenton - and now they have voted resoundingly for change,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “The EMILY’s List community is so excited that a leader like Sheila Oliver will join Phil Murphy in the state house. Having spent years fighting for affordable housing and improved public education, Sheila will bring a critical voice and progressive values to this new administration. Tonight, EMILY’s List is thrilled to congratulate her on this tremendous victory.”
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.