For Immediate Release
October 19, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Katie Hobbs for Arizona Governor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Katie Hobbs in the race for governor of Arizona. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Whether it’s to secure health care for low-income people or to combat the former president’s attempts to undermine the election, we have seen firsthand that Katie Hobbs never backs down from a tough fight. That’s why we are proud to stand with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs as she runs for governor of Arizona. With dangerous and extreme anti-choice legislation moving through Arizona, it has never been more important to elect a Democratic pro-choice champion to the governorship. And with continued Republican-led attempts to undermine the integrity of Arizona’s elections, electing a governor who will uphold voting rights and democratic values is critical. We know that with Katie Hobbs in office, any attempts to restrict reproductive freedom or voting rights will be struck down, and protections for all Arizona families and their right to participate in our democracy will be prioritized. Flipping this governorship is an EMILYs List priority, and we are excited to support Katie Hobbs in this crucial election.”
Prior to running for office, Katie Hobbs was a social worker and served as chief compliance officer for one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the country. In 2010, Hobbs was elected to the Arizona state Legislature where she ultimately became Democratic Senate minority leader. In 2018, Hobbs ran for Arizona Secretary of State and flipped the seat from red to blue. As secretary of state, Hobbs defended the integrity of Arizona’s electoral system against Trump-led efforts to undermine the 2020 election.
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.