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The Intelligencer: EMILY’s List president rallies Clinton volunteers in Bucks, Montgomery counties

August 10, 2016

The Intelligencer: EMILY's List president rallies Clinton volunteers in Bucks, Montgomery counties

by Freda R. Savana

Several dozen enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporters got a healthy shot in the arm Wednesday as they crammed into a small second-story office in Doylestown to hear how critical Bucks and Montgomery counties are in electing the country's first woman president.

"Pennsylvania has the power to stop him," EMILY's List president Stephanie Schriock told the attentive group, referring to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Based in Washington, D.C., EMILY's List is a political-action committee reporting more than three million members that aims to elect pro-abortion rights Democratic women to public office. Schriock's visit to Pennsylvania coincided with her group's "Focus 2020" initiative to break Republican legislative majorities in Harrisburg and Washington.

"Through electing more Democratic women to legislative and gubernatorial offices, EMILY’s List aims to impact redistricting in 2021 and fight back against the Republicans’ anti-woman efforts to roll back women’s access to health care that we’ve seen in state legislatures in recent years," the organization said in a statement Wednesday. 

While in Doylestown, Schriock asked the passionate crowd of young and old, male and female, to consider the "high stakes" in this election and find the time to knock on doors, join phone banks and engage in conversations to help elect not only Clinton, but also Democrat Katie McGinty.

McGinty is in a tough race against incumbent Republican Pat Toomey for a U.S. Senate seat.

Schriock and others working to elect women to public office traveled the state this week and included a stop in Montgomery County.

"As these counties go in a presidential race, so often, too, does the country," Schriock said. "There are a large number of undecided voters, particularly women here." Those voters, she stressed, are vital to electing Democrats to the White House and Congress.

Surrounded by signs reading "I'm With Her" and "Hillary 2016," Schriock said Clinton's nomination for the presidency not only represents a historic step forward for women, she is the most experienced and qualified candidate for the office.

"Being a woman is just icing on the cake," she said.

For Kevin Fabrizio, electing Clinton would be best for the country and the economy. And, the New Hope man said, "the race is important all the way down the ballot."

Twenty-two-year-old Nora Katz comes from a family of active Democrats. The Riegelsville resident said she'll be working to elect Clinton because she's "inspired by her message ... and believes she'll make a great president."

While politicians always say each election is "the most important ever," said Schriock, "this one truly is different."

This November, she said, "we're going to decide what we want to be as Americans."