For Immediate Release
August 7, 2018
EMILY's List Statement on Gretchen Whitmer’s Victory in Michigan’s Gubernatorial Primary
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Gretchen Whitmer on tonight’s primary election result in the Michigan gubernatorial race. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is excited to congratulate Gretchen Whitmer on tonight’s hard-fought victory. Gretchen is a lifelong Michigander who understands the biggest challenges facing the state. She has consistently worked across party lines to find solutions that improve the lives of the people of Michigan and has been an unwavering advocate for access to affordable health care, women’s reproductive rights, and an economy that works for the middle class. She now faces a tough general election in a state Donald Trump narrowly won, but we have no doubt she has what it takes to win in November and be a leader in expanding economic opportunity for Michigan families. EMILYs List is proud to stand with this champion for Michigan.”
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.