For Immediate Release
August 21, 2020
EMILYs List Endorses Janet Diaz in Pennsylvania’s 13th Senate District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Janet Diaz in Pennsylvania’s 13th Senate District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“It has never been more clear why electing health care professionals like Lancaster City Councilwoman Janet Diaz matters, and EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse her campaign for the state Senate. A former cardiac quality specialist who most recently served as a stroke registrar medical analyst at Lancaster General Hospital, Janet understands the importance of quality, affordable health care. In the state Senate, she will serve as a voice for marginalized communities and fight for protections for working families and small businesses. We are proud to stand with Janet and we look forward to helping her make history as the first Latina elected to the Pennsylvania Senate.”
Janet Diaz is a lifelong public servant who overcame poverty and homelessness and is a current member of the Lancaster City Council. She previously served as a cardiac quality specialist at Q-Centrix for 17 years and as a stroke registrar medical analyst at Lancaster General Hospital. She is an active community member who taught Sunday school and was a sexual assault counselor at the YMCA. In 2018, Janet became the first endorsed Latina to win the number one slot for a position on the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee in Lancaster County and became the first Latina to serve as the corresponding secretary.
This endorsement is in addition to 33 previously endorsed EMILYs List candidates in Pennsylvania: Nina Ahmad (Auditor General), Judy Schwank (SD-11), Amanda Cappelletti (SD-17), Carolyn Comitta (SD-19), Pam Iovino (SD-37), Julie Slomski (SD-49), Emily Kinkead (HD-20), Sara Innamorato (HD-21), Marlene Katz (HD-29), Lissa Geiger Shulman (HD-30), Summer Lee (HD-34), Jessica Benham (HD-36), Michele Knoll (HD-44), Liz Hanbidge (HD-61), Patty Kim (HD-103), Brittney Rodas (HD-105), Lindsay Drew (HD-106), Joanna Bryn Smith (HD-120), Wendy Ullman (HD-143), Nancy Guenst (HD-152), Danielle Friel Otten (HD-155), Dianne Herrin (HD-156), Melissa Shusterman (HD-157), Christina Sappey (HD-158), Leanne Krueger (HD-161), Jennifer O'Mara (HD-165), Kristine Howard (HD-167), Deb Ciamacca (HD-168), Mary Isaacson (HD-175), Claudette Williams (HD-176), Ann Marie Mitchell (HD-178), Elizabeth Fiedler (HD-184), and Regina Young (HD-185).
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 55,000 women have 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.