For Immediate Release
May 18, 2021
EMILYs List Congratulates Paige Cognetti on Her Victory in the Primary Election for Scranton Mayor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Paige G. Cognetti on her primary election victory in the race for Scranton mayor. EMILYs List executive director Emily Cain released the following statement:
“The EMILYs List community is thrilled to congratulate Paige Cognetti on today’s victory. Since her groundbreaking election in 2019, Paige has consistently advocated for policies that improve the lives of Scranton families and has increased transparency and accountability in the city’s government. We look forward to supporting her throughout this race and seeing all that she will accomplish in her next term.”
Paige Cognetti was sworn in as the first woman mayor of Scranton in 2020. Her priorities while in office have included managing the COVID-19 economic recovery, tax reform, and infrastructure. Before becoming mayor, Paige advised the Pennsylvania Auditor General, the chief fiscal watchdog of the commonwealth, on oversight of public school districts, care for older adults, criminal justice reform, and student debt. She also previously served as a director on the Scranton School Board, overseeing a $160M budget and helping navigate the district's dual crises of financial distress and public mistrust.
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, 157 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.