For Immediate Release
March 8, 2022
EMILY's List Endorses Georgette Gómez for California Assembly
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY's List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Georgette Gómez in the special election for the California State Assembly to represent District 80. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Georgette Gómez for the California State Assembly. Gómez has proven to be a fearless advocate for Californians, fighting for victims of domestic violence, working people, affordable housing, and the environment. After making history as San Diego’s first LGBTQ+ Latina City Council President, we know that this is just the beginning of Gómez’s work to empower the underserved and we look forward to seeing how she brings this same level of dedication to the Assembly.”
A first generation Mexican American and native San Diegan, Georgette Gómez grew up in San Diego’s Barrio Logan community to working-class immigrant parents. She got her start as a crisis counselor with survivors of domestic violence and abuse. As a community organizer, Gómez led the Toxic Free Neighborhoods Campaign to protect kids from lead paint and keep corporate polluters out of residential communities. The first LGBTQ+ Latina City Council President, Gómez authored San Diego’s new Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to jumpstart construction of affordable homes during the housing crisis and took on the police union lobby to ban chokeholds and crack down on misconduct. As City Council President, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Gómez took decisive action to halt evictions, stop utility shut offs, deliver rent relief and help small local businesses survive.
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, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% 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.