For Immediate Release
May 21, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Deborah Peoples for Fort Worth Mayor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Deborah Peoples in the race for mayor of Fort Worth, TX. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“The EMILYs List community is thrilled to stand with Deborah Peoples in her race for mayor of Fort Worth. Throughout her life, Deborah has been a business leader, civil rights champion, and advocate for her community. As mayor, Deborah’s leadership will be essential for rebuilding Fort Worth’s economy, expanding access to health care, and bringing accountability and transparency to city hall. If elected, Deborah would be Fort Worth’s first Black woman mayor, which would make Fort Worth the largest city in the South to be led by a Black woman, and EMILYs List is proud to support her in this historic campaign.”
As a child and young adult, Deborah Peoples was inspired by the ongoing fight for civil rights. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman's University. After graduating, she served the city of Fort Worth by helping to connect residents with city resources. She later joined AT&T, where she worked her way up to a vice president position. After retiring, Deborah reignited her commitment to positive change by serving as the chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, where she fostered voter registration and engagement initiatives. If elected, Deborah would be the first Black woman mayor of Fort Worth.
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, 157 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.