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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed state Rep. Wendy Carrillo for election to District 14 of the Los Angeles City Council. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Wendy Carrillo has spent her career fighting for the rights of all Californians, and remains a champion for the people she’s represented in the state Assembly. EMILYs List has been a proud supporter of Carrillo as she has worked to protect abortion access, defend our country’s great natural resources, make education and health care affordable, and safeguard democracy. We’re thrilled to once again support Carrillo as she seeks a new role to serve on the Los Angeles City Council and we know that she will continue to ensure that Los Angeles is a city where anyone who needs reproductive health care can get it—free of shame, stigma, and barriers.”
Wendy Carrillo is the current state representative for California’s 52nd Assembly District. Originally from El Salvador, Carrillo came to the United States as an undocumented child and obtained citizenship in her early twenties. She was first elected to the California state assembly in 2017 with the full support of EMILYs List. Prior to serving in elected office, she was an award-winning journalist, a co-founder of a social news media startup that promoted human rights, and a former Service Employees International Union employee. Carrillo was the winner of EMILYs List’s 2019 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award and has been a staunch advocate for debt-free college, women’s rights, and health care for all.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.