March 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

EMILY’s List Endorses Wendy Greuel For Mayor Of Los Angeles: Greuel On Her Way To Being First Woman To Serve As Mayor Of Los Angeles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource in politics, endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor of Los Angeles.

“Wendy Greuel is an incredible leader who is committed to tackling important issues,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “During her long career in public service, including her roles as a deputy to Mayor Bradley, a City Councilor and City Controller, Wendy fought to strengthen education, and improve the economy by eliminating taxes on small businesses. It’s about time that one of the largest cities in the country elected a woman mayor, and with her fantastic track record of getting things done, Wendy is the right person for the job. The EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is excited to support her candidacy.”

Wendy Greuel is a lifelong Angeleno. She began her career in public service working for former Mayor Tom Bradley, and teamed up with him to strengthen public education in Los Angeles. After serving as a deputy to Mayor Bradley, Wendy went on to work as a senior advisor for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she assisted victims of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. In 2002, she was elected to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, where she championed an historic business tax reform which reduced taxes for small businesses and returned nearly $100 million to local businesses. Wendy has championed the efficiency of basic city services, including attempting to fill every pothole in her council district. After six years on the city council Wendy was elected Controller for the City of Los Angeles, where she fights against waste, fraud, and abuse, and ensured greater government transparency. Wendy is committed to making Los Angeles a sustainable city by investing in public transportation, public schools, and building a strong economy. Wendy attended public school in Los Angeles, is a graduate of UCLA, and currently resides in Studio City with her husband and son. 

During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. 

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