For Immediate Release
November 13, 2021
EMILY's List Congratulates Helena Moreno on Her Reelection to the New Orleans City Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Helena Moreno on her reelection as councilmember at-large, Division 1 on the New Orleans City Council. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled that Helena Moreno has been reelected to the New Orleans City Council. With Moreno as councilmember and Council president, New Orleans has taken steps to institute police accountability measures, reduce incarceration, protect victims of sexual assault, and rebuild city infrastructure. We are proud that her constituents recognize Moreno’s hard work and dedication and look forward to all she will accomplish in her next term.”
Helena Moreno was born in Xalapa, Mexico and lived there until she was 8 years old. Her father moved the family to the U.S. in search of better opportunities, where Moreno struggled with language barriers in school. With hard work and dedication, she caught up and went on to become an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Her broadcast career brought to light many of the struggles facing New Orleans’ residents, which inspired Moreno to take action. In May of 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 2017, she ran for the New Orleans City Council and won with more than 65% of the vote.
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.