For Immediate Release
November 5, 2019
EMILYs List Congratulates Shelly Simonds on Her Victory in Virginia House District 94
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As races continue to be called in favor of pro-choice Democratic women across Virginia, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Shelly Simonds on her victory in Virginia’s 94th House District. Shelly ran in 2017, but tied with her opponent, who eventually won the seat after his name was pulled out of a bowl. EMILYs List President Stephanie Schriock released the following statement:
“EMILY's List is proud to congratulate Shelly Simonds on her win tonight that flipped this seat from red to blue after a tied race last cycle. Shelly is a proven community leader who will stand up and fight for working families across Virginia and finally bring the people of Newport News the positive change she has campaigned on for the last few years. We look forward to seeing all she accomplishes now that she’s headed to Richmond.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 50,000 women have 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.