For Immediate Release
March 25, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Rita Ali for Mayor of Peoria
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Rita Ali in the race for mayor of Peoria. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Rita Ali for mayor of Peoria. Rita has called Peoria home for 50 years and her experience in government, business, and as a community leader make her uniquely qualified to revitalize the city and ensure it is a place where all residents can prosper. Rita’s family moved to Peoria in the 1960s so that her parents could provide the life they wanted for their children, with access to jobs that paid well. Rita wants to ensure that moving forward all families in Peoria have that same opportunity. If elected, we look forward to seeing Rita help the city of Peoria flourish as a groundbreaking mayor whose election would mark many firsts for the city.”
Rita Ali currently serves as at-large member in the Peoria City Council, member of the Peoria Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations, and president of the Martin Luther King Committee of Peoria. Through her work to bolster education, Rita has secured more than $50 million in federal, state, and private grants to support academic success and workforce training and development projects and initiatives. As a champion for equity and diversity, Rita co-chaired the Peoria Police and Fire Diversity Committee that conducted a study and produced recommendations to diversify police officer and firefighter positions. If elected, Rita would make history as the first woman, Black woman, and person of color to be mayor of Peoria.
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, 157 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.