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EMILYs List Congratulates 11 Women for Success in California’s Recent Elections

June 21, 2022

For Immediate Release
June 21, 2022 

EMILY's List Congratulates 11 Women for Success in California's Recent Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates 11 women on their success in California's recent elections. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:

“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate the 11 pro-choice champions we endorsed on their recent success in California. We look forward to continuing to support them in their campaigns and on to victory in November. These Democratic pro-choice women will ensure that the state remains an abortion sanctuary for Californians, and also will welcome people from other states who are forced to travel to access care. Abortion is on the ballot this midterm cycle all over the country, and we are proud to support these women in California who continue to fight for our rights and access to necessary health care across the state at every level of government.”

The following candidates advanced to November: 

  • Jessica Self (CA-AD22)
  • Gail Pellerin (CA-AD28)
  • Jacqui Irwin (CA-AD42)
  • Paula Villescaz (CA-SD06)
  • Angelique Ashby (CA-SD08)
  • Kimberly Carr (CA-SD36)
  • Catherine Blakespear (CA-SD38)
  • Laura Friedman (CA-AD44)
  • Cottie Petrie-Norris (CA-AD73)
  • Lindsey Horvath (LA County Board of Supervisors)

The following candidate won outright:

  • Hilda Solis (LA County Board of Supervisors)

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice 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 and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women 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. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.