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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Donna Deegan on her election as mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“With her election today, Donna Deegan has begun to write a new chapter for the city of Jacksonville, Florida — one in which the needs of its residents are prioritized, their rights respected, and their freedoms championed. EMILYs List is proud to congratulate Deegan on her victory today. We know she will be a pro-choice leader and changemaker for Jacksonville that will inspire Floridians for years to come.”
Donna Deegan is a former news anchor, nonprofit founder, three-time breast cancer survivor and fifth generation resident of Jacksonville, Florida. Deegan spent 25 years reporting the news, diving deep into issues that affect Floridians and holding the powerful accountable. After surviving breast cancer, she founded the DONNA Foundation to support patients, survivors, and health care providers, which has now provided support to over 17,000 families and raised millions for cancer research. Deegan is also the recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal Women of Influence Award, the Enterprising Women’s Leadership Award, the Florence Davis Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Florida Times-Union’s EVE Award for volunteer service.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.