WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Mayor Vi Lyles on advancing to the general election for mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Lyles is one of 18 women endorsed so far in EMILYs List’s Madam Mayor program, which was recently launched to support Democratic pro-choice women running for and serving in local executive office.
EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Mayor Vi Lyles has effectively led Charlotte with passion and dedication during her time in office, and the people of Charlotte have once again put their faith in her as a leader they can trust to deliver results and stand up to extremism. EMILYs List is proud to congratulate Mayor Lyles on advancing to the general election, and we look forward to continuing to support her candidacy.”
Vi Lyles is Charlotte, North Carolina’s 59th mayor and the city’s first Black woman mayor in history. She is a former Charlotte budget director and assistant city manager, and was subsequently elected to serve two consecutive terms as a city councilor at-large. She was first elected mayor in 2017 with the full support of EMILYs List. As mayor, Lyles has led the effort to commit $150 million to affordable housing, helped to create over 27,000 new jobs, and focused on expanding transportation infrastructure and increasing community safety. Lyles is a graduate of both Queens University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.