For Immediate Release
June 30, 2021
EMILYs List Endorses Tameika Isaac Devine for Mayor of Columbia, SC
Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Tameika Isaac Devine in the race for mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. Emily Cain, executive director of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“The EMILYs List community is thrilled to stand with Tameika Isaac Devine and endorse her historic campaign for Columbia mayor. During her time on City Council, Tameika has shown her dedication to problem-solving and coalition building to bring better outcomes to Columbia’s working families. Tameika has also proven to be a fierce advocate for women, beginning her legal career prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases as part of Violence Against Women Act grants and programs. We know that as mayor, she will continue to prioritize racial, economic, and environmental equity to better the lives of all Columbia women, children, and families.”
A Columbia native, Tameika Isaac Devine became the first African American woman to serve on the Columbia City Council and the first African American woman to be elected At-Large in 2002. Throughout her tenure on the City Council, Tameika has championed the empowerment of women and youth. She helped establish Columbia’s Criminal Domestic Violence Task Force and is dedicated to youth anti-gang initiatives. If elected, Tameika would be the first woman mayor and first African American woman mayor of Columbia.
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.