For Immediate Release
July 14, 2020
EMILY's List Statement on Candace Valenzuela’s Primary Runoff Election Victory in Texas’ 24th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Candace Valenzuela on advancing to the general election in Texas’ 24th Congressional District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Candace Valenzuela on her primary runoff election victory. Having overcome unimaginable odds as a child, Candace is no stranger to facing and winning tough fights and we know she will be an effective voice for Texans in Congress. She is a dedicated educator and unapologetic advocate for progress who has used her voice to call attention to issues that have gone undiscussed for too long. While Candace fights to protect the resources that supported families like hers as they got back on their feet, Beth Van Duyne has amassed a shameful record of fighting to tear them down. From backing the 2017 Republican tax bill aimed at benefiting wealthy families and corporations to opposing the Affordable Care Act, it is clear her opponent will not represent Texans’ interests. EMILYs List looks forward to helping Candace defeat Beth in November.”
Women Vote, EMILY's List's independent expenditure arm, worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus' BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Latino Victory Fund, and The Collective Super PAC to run a comprehensive digital, mail, and TV program. Women Vote has invested more than $500,000 in the district this cycle.
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.