WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement congratulating their endorsed candidates on victories that will help change the landscape of the Virginia House of Delegates in November. EMILY’s List endorsed the following winning candidates in their primaries: Danica Roem (HD-13), Kelly Fowler (HD-21), Hala Ayala (HD-51), and Delores McQuinn (HD-70). They also endorsed Wendy Gooditis (HD-10), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (HD-34), and Cheryl Turpin (HD-85), who will now enter into competitive general elections.
“Virginians went to the polls today and chose a path forward for their state,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “With such a critical election ahead, it is essential that we have strong candidates who will protect the interests of women and working families. Republicans have shown that they will not shy away from an agenda that endangers reproductive rights, limits access to health care, and opens the door to discrimination. We congratulate these women, whose success tonight signals a changing tide in Virginia, and look forward to working tirelessly to ensure that they are elected to office in November.”
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 trained nearly 10,000 women to run and 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 - including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.