For Immediate Release
November 3, 2021
EMILYs List Congratulates Tameika Isaac Devine on Advancing to Runoff Election in Columbia Mayoral Race
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Tameika Isaac Devine on advancing to the runoff election in the race for mayor of Columbia, SC. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud that Tameika Isaac Devine has advanced to the runoff election to be the next mayor of Columbia, SC. Voters in Columbia realize that Councilwoman Devine is the candidate who will dedicate her service to empowering women and families. We will continue to support Devine as she proceeds to the runoff election, and we look forward to her historic election as the first woman and first African American woman mayor of Columbia.”
A Columbia native, Tameika Isaac Devine became the first African American woman to serve on the Columbia City Council and the first African American woman to be elected at-large in 2002. Throughout her tenure on the City Council, Tameika Isaac Devine has championed the empowerment of women and youth. She helped establish Columbia’s Criminal Domestic Violence Task Force and is dedicated to youth anti-gang initiatives. If elected, she would be the first woman mayor and first African American woman mayor of Columbia.
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.