For Immediate Release
November 10, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Helena Moreno for Reelection to the New Orleans City Council
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Helena Moreno’s reelection campaign for New Orleans City Council At-Large Division 1. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to stand with Helena Moreno as she runs for reelection to the New Orleans City Council. As councilmember and Council president, Moreno has been a champion for women and families throughout the city. She has fought to increase economic opportunity, institute police accountability measures, protect survivors of sexual assault, reduce incarceration, invest in renewable energy, and rebuild New Orleans’ infrastructure. With Councilmember Moreno’s reelection to the New Orleans City Council, the city can continue to transform into a more safe, affordable, and equitable place to live.”
Helena Moreno was born in Xalapa, Mexico and lived there until she was 8 years old. Her father moved the family to the U.S. in search of better opportunities, where Moreno struggled with language barriers in school. With hard work and dedication, she caught up and went on to become an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WDSU-TV in New Orleans. Her broadcast career brought to light many of the struggles facing New Orleans’ residents, which inspired Moreno to take action. In May of 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 2017, she ran for the New Orleans City Council and won with more than 65% of the vote.
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.