For Immediate Release
November 2, 2021
EMILYs List Congratulates Paige Cognetti on Her Reelection As Mayor of Scranton
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Paige Cognetti on her reelection as mayor of Scranton, PA. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Mayor Paige Cognetti on her reelection victory. As the first woman to serve as mayor of Scranton, Mayor Cognetti has proven to be a tireless advocate for her constituents and has led with integrity and transparency. Going as far as to donate part of her salary back to the city she represents, she has been critical for Scranton’s COVID-19 recovery efforts. After her success as a school board director and in her first term as mayor, EMILYs List is proud to continue supporting her.”
Paige Cognetti became the first woman mayor of Scranton in 2020. As mayor, she has prioritized COVID-19 relief, public transparency, and fiscal responsibility. Prior to becoming mayor, Paige advised the Pennsylvania auditor general and served as a director on the Scranton School Board overseeing a $160 million budget and helping navigate the district’s financial distress and public mistrust crises. Mayor Cognetti also served under the Obama administration as a senior advisor to the under secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College.
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, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent 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.