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November 18, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Erica Stewart on her Victory in San Luis Obispo Mayoral
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Erica Stewart on winning her general election. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“We are excited to congratulate Erica Stewart on her historic victory in the race for mayor of San Luis Obispo. Stewart is a community leader who has demonstrated her commitment to improving the lives of those around her through various volunteer roles. She first made history when she was appointed mayor, becoming the city's first Black mayor, and has done it again as the first Black mayor to be elected in San Luis Obispo. We are proud to stand with her in this next term.”
Erica Stewart found her passion for leadership when she joined Cal Poly’s Student Affairs, she went on to earn her master’s in public administration before moving back to San Luis Obispo, California. Stewart has held various roles including serving as a member of the city’s first diversity, equity and inclusion task force. Throughout her career she has dedicated her time to volunteer work while raising her children. She was appointed mayor in 2021 before officially running to be elected in 2022. Stewart made history when she became San Luis Obispo’s first Black mayor to serve the city and is now the first Black mayor to be elected.
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 over $700 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 campaigns 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, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,400 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.