For Immediate Release
May 8, 2019
EMILYs List Congratulates Denver City Councilwomen on Their Re-Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated City Councilwomen Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega on their re-election to the Denver City Council. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Councilwomen Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega on their re-election to the Denver City Council. Since taking office in 2011, Robin and Debbie have been groundbreaking leaders in the fight for Denver women and families, and we’re excited to watch them continue to serve their communities. EMILYs List is confident that they will continue to be true champions in tackling the city’s most pressing and challenging issues by finding solutions that create greater opportunity for every resident.”
Robin Kniech was elected to the Denver City Council in 2011. Since her election, she has been an innovative problem solver for tough city issues ranging from public restrooms, to homelessness and affordable housing, to expanding access to local food. The daughter of union members, Robin has a deep understanding of the challenges facing working families in Denver and has been a strong advocate for improving public life for all residents. Robin is the first openly LGBTQ person to serve on the Denver City Council.
Debbie Ortega is a proven community advocate with over 35 years of experience. Elected to the Denver City Council as an at-large member in 2011, Debbie has also served as a district council member, staff person to Councilman Sal Carpio, and director of Denver’s Homelessness Commission. Debbie is a skilled listener and strong champion for Denver’s most vulnerable residents who has helped to expand public safety measures and worked to protect the city’s neighborhoods and public spaces. Debbie is the only Latina currently serving in the Denver City Council.
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.