For Immediate Release
April 2, 2019
EMILYs List Congratulates Chicago Democratic Women on Winning Municipal Run-off Elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Democratic women in Chicago on winning run-off elections for city office. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Chicago's first openly gay and first African American woman mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is committed to improving the city’s schools and public safety. We are also excited to celebrate the run-off wins of EMILY's List candidates Melissa Conyears-Ervin for city treasurer as well as Samantha Nugent and Michele Smith for aldermen. Chicago deserves a city government filled with pro-choice Democratic women like Melissa, Samantha, and Michele who will stop at nothing to serve the people of their communities. We know that they will never stop pushing for progressive policies that help women, families, and all residents of the Windy City, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 46,000 women have reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state and national offices.