For Immediate Release
June 10, 2021
EMILYs List Congratulates Clarissa Cervantes on her Election to the Riverside City Council
Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Clarissa Cervantes on her election to the Riverside City Council in California. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“The EMILYs List community is thrilled to congratulate Clarissa Cervantes on her groundbreaking election to the Riverside City Council. Throughout her career, Clarissa has fought for working families and social justice. We know Clarissa will continue to advocate for equality and a more just society in her new position at City Hall.”
Clarissa (she/they) is a mother and lifelong Riverside County resident. As a legislative field representative to Councilmember Andy Melendrez and organizer for SEIU 121RN, Clarissa has extensive community and legislative experience fighting for Riverside residents. Clarissa identifies as bisexual and queer. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ person and first Latina elected to Ward 2.
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, 157 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.