FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Vi Lyles on her reelection as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:
“Extremist North Carolina Republicans will do all they can to roll back not just reproductive freedom but democracy itself — and Democratic pro-choice champions like Mayor Vi Lyles will do everything in their power to speak up for their communities. EMILYs List is thrilled that the people of Charlotte have once again put their faith in Lyles to be their leader, and we are honored to have supported her in this election.”
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.