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EMILYs List Endorses 15 Women Leaders for Election to the New York City Council

September 17, 2021

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2021

EMILYs List Endorses 15 Women Leaders for Election to the New York City Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed 15 women leaders for election to the New York City Council. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:

“EMILYs List is proud to endorse this group of strong, diverse women leaders for the New York City Council. If these candidates are elected, the Council will be majority-women for the first time in history. More gender equality in elected office means greater attention will be dedicated to the issues that most acutely impact women and families, including reproductive justice, affordable child care, and accessible health care. We are thrilled to support each of these women, and we look forward to the positive impact they will have on women, children, and families in New York.” 

EMILYs List endorsed the following slate of candidates for election:

CD5 – Julie Menin

CD9 – Kristin Richardson Jordan

CD13 – Marjorie Velázquez

CD14 – Pierina Sanchez

CD18 – Amanda Farías

CD20 – Sandra Ung

CD23 – Linda Lee

CD29 – Lynn Schulman

CD32 – Felicia Singh

CD35 – Crystal Hudson

CD37 – Sandy Nurse

CD38 – Alexa Avilés

CD39 – Shahana Hanif

CD40 – Rita Joseph

CD51 – Olivia Drabczyk

These endorsements are in addition to the following six previously endorsed EMILYs List candidates in the race for New York City Council: Carlina Rivera (District 02), Althea Stevens (District 16), Adrienne Adams (District 28), Selvena Brooks-Powers (District 31), Jennifer Gutiérrez (District 34), and Farah Louis (District 45).

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.