EMILYs List Congratulates Janet Mills on Advancing to the General Election in Maine’s Gubernatorial
For Immediate Release
June 14, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Janet Mills on Advancing to the General Election in Maine’s Gubernatorial Election
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Janet Mills on advancing to the general election to determine who will serve as Maine’s next governor. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“As governor, Janet Mills has already committed to ensuring that the state of Maine remains a haven where all of its residents and neighbors can access the reproductive health care they need. But it is also a state where Republican lawmakers and anti-choice politicians have pledged to do all they can to roll back the right to an abortion in Maine, and it is crucial that Gov. Mills be reelected so that she can stand up against these efforts to restrict abortion and fight for the rights of the people of her state. EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Gov. Mills, and we look forward to supporting her in the general election.”
Gov. Janet Mills is an experienced leader and an outstanding public servant running for reelection to continue fighting for Maine working families. She prosecuted major crimes as an assistant attorney general and co-founded the Maine Women’s Lobby to give vulnerable women who had survived domestic violence a powerful voice in the state legislature. When Mills stepped up to run for office for the first time, she made history as the first woman to serve as a district attorney in all of New England. She went on to successfully run for the Maine House of Representatives and served as a powerful champion for Maine working families. Mills was elected Maine’s attorney general in 2008 and is the first and only woman ever to hold that office. Maine had never before elected a woman governor until Mills became the first in 2018.
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