Four score -- Julia, Jessica, Joyce, and Shelley are "On The List!"
I know we're sounding like a broken record, constantly waxing about redistricting, but the once-every-decade process really does produce so many exciting new opportunities for women candidates - and 2012 is no exception. EMILY's List is proud to announce our support of no fewer than four candidates today, all four of whom are running in districts affected by redistricting.
Assemblywoman Julia Brownley is a legislative star who already represents much of California's new 26th district. In 2011 alone, Julia has passed seven bills into law, among them measures to improve schools, support teachers, protect children and safeguard the Golden State's vulnerable ecosystem. A staunch advocate for marriage equality and women's health, she credits her progressive values to her grandfather, who at 23 was one of the youngest members of the 1920 Virginia legislature, and her grandmother, whose love of the ocean inspired Julia's environmental activism.
Attorney Jessica Ehrlich brings to her campaign in Florida's 10th district both a determination to end partisan gridlock and a fresh approach to creating jobs and rebooting Florida's economy. While GOP Rep. Bill Young has served in the House for over four decades, the likely newly configured district would have gone for President Obama by 52% - making this a prime opportunity for Democrats generally, and one smart attorney in particular.
A Tea Party congressman with a 36% approval rating means that this new district is 'ripe for the picking.' Ohio freshman Rep. Bob Gibbs has found himself in an almost completely reconfigured district, where he’s challenged by successful small business owner and women's health care advocate Joyce Healy-Abrams. We know voters will find Joyce, who sees job creation as the race's "key issue" to be a true and needed alternative to Gibbs, a loyal backer of John Boehner's War on Women.
Another Tea Partier in New Jersey faces a formidable challenge in former Cherry Hill City Councilwoman Shelley Adler, whose late husband held the 3rd district seat before losing in the 2010 GOP tidal wave to Rep. Jon Runyan. Adler cut her teeth on the Cherry Hill city council as a tenacious councilwoman who backed child-safety and hate crime measures, while curbing tax increases for the Garden State's struggling families. Plus -- an Adler win would mean adding a Democratic woman to New Jersey's all-male congressional delegation
These are four incredible candidates who will be looking to EMILY's List members for support in these top-tier pickup opportunities. Please lend your support to Julia, Jessica, Joyce and Shelley today.
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