For Immediate Release
October 19, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Kim Thomas for Mayor of Richmond Heights, OH
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Kim Thomas for mayor of Richmond Heights, OH. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Councilwoman Kim Thomas in her campaign for mayor of Richmond Heights, Ohio. Thomas is a leader who values diversity, integrity, and accountability, and she will bring these qualities to the mayor’s office. We are confident that Thomas understands the needs of Richmond Heights and what is necessary for the community to move forward. As mayor, she will work with businesses to increase investment and development, lead a multifaceted COVID-19 recovery, and make the city a better place for people to work, live, and raise a family. We are proud to support her ahead of the November election.”
Councilwoman Kim Thomas was elected to her first term on the Richmond Heights City Council in 2019, where she represents Ward 1. A wife, mother, small business owner, and 26-year Richmond Heights resident, Thomas serves on the City Council’s Finance, Audit, Safety, and Planning and Zoning committees. She was the recipient of the Ohio Democratic Party's “Volunteer of the Year Award” in 2016, served as a community engagement consultant for the Ohio Democratic Party during the 2018 midterms, served as the vice chair of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, and was the legislative chair for the National Congress of Black Women of Greater Cleveland.
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.