EMILYs List Statement on Nikki Merritt’s Primary Runoff Victory in Georgia’s 9th Senate District
For Immediate Release
August 25, 2020
EMILY's List Statement on Nikki Merritt’s Primary Runoff Election Victory in Georgia’s 9th State Senate District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulated Nikki Merritt on advancing to the general election in Georgia’s 9th State Senate District. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate Nikki Merritt on advancing to the general election. A dedicated public servant and social justice advocate, she is a champion for Georgia’s women and working families who will serve as a voice for marginalized communities. In the State Senate, she will push back on state Republicans’ shameful attempts to strip women of their reproductive freedom and voters of their constitutional rights. EMILYs List is proud to stand with Nikki, and we look forward to helping her cross the finish line in November.
A longtime resident of Gwinnett County and retired Communications Workers of America member, Nikki Merritt is a champion for change who is running to fight for social justice in the Georgia State Senate. Once elected, she will be an outspoken voice advocating for more inclusive and progressive policies that work for Georgia’s working families. Nikki is committed to passing comprehensive civil rights legislation, expanding Medicaid, and serving as a voice for communities that have been left out of the conversation for far too long.
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.