For Immediate Release
September 12, 2018
EMILY's List Statement on Governor Gina Raimondo’s Victory in Rhode Island’s Gubernatorial Primary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Governor Gina Raimondo on advancing to the general election in the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“Since 2015, Governor Raimondo has been an unwavering champion for the people of Rhode Island. As governor, she fought for equal pay, expanded economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders, and made it easier to register to vote. Gina’s leadership has brought Rhode Island’s economy from being ranked 36th in the country to the 9th best. Governor Raimondo is a dedicated public servant who has consistently advocated for women and working families across the state. With only two Democratic women governors in the entire country, we cannot take progressive leaders like Governor Raimondo for granted — EMILYs List is proud to stand with her as she advances to the general election.”
During the primary, EMILYs List’s voter mobilization and education project, Women Vote, worked with the Alliance for a Better Rhode Island to run an independent expenditure in support of Gina Raimondo that included direct mail.
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.