For Immediate Release
September 30, 2020
EMILYs List Endorses Two Women Leaders for Statewide Office in Vermont
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Molly Gray for Vermont lieutenant governor and Beth Pearce for Vermont state treasurer. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“As we work to expand women’s leadership in Vermont, EMILYs List is thrilled to endorse Molly Gray for lieutenant governor and Beth Pearce for another term as state treasurer. From her work as assistant attorney general to her service with the Red Cross, Molly has spent her career fighting to create safer communities and defend the rights of working families. With more than 40 years of finance experience in state and local governments, including nine as state treasurer, Beth has proven herself to be a sharp fiscal watchdog who will continue to efficiently manage the state’s resources. As passionate public servants for Vermont, Molly and Beth will deliver for working people day in and day out and EMILYs List is proud to support their campaigns.”
Molly Gray was born and raised on a family farm in Vermont. After competing as a Division I cross-country skier at the University of Vermont, Molly got her start in Democratic politics by helping elect and serving as an aide for U.S. Rep. Peter Welch. From serving with the Red Cross to helping launch an international partnership to uplift human rights laws, Molly has extensive global humanitarian experience. She attended Vermont Law School and clerked for the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Molly currently serves as an assistant Vermont attorney general.
Beth Pearce received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and has spent the last 40 years working in finance for state and local governments. After serving as the deputy treasurer for cash management at the Massachusetts state treasurer’s office, Beth assumed the role of Vermont’s deputy treasurer, where she was responsible for a variety of operations including the retirement administration of three statewide systems, debt and capital financing, and accounting. She has served as Vermont state treasurer since 2011.
This cycle, EMILYs List has also endorsed Kesha Ram for Vermont state Senate, Chittenden County.
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.