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ICYMI: Local Editorial Boards Continue To Endorse EMILYs List Candidates

October 22, 2018

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2018

ICYMI: Local Editorial Boards Continue To Endorse EMILYs List Candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, more EMILYs List candidates were endorsed by their local newspapers’ editorial boards. With Election Day a mere 15 days away, it’s clear that our candidates’ hard work is being recognized within their communities. This is only a selection of editorial board endorsements of EMILYs List candidates, not a complete list. See previous lists of endorsements here and here.

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-U.S. Senate)

“Maybe the vitriol of a hard-fought primary got to McSally. But she looked like the smaller person in their only televised debate […] McSally even sent out a press release saying the penalty for treason was death (though she later clarified that she doesn't mean Sinema should die). […] There may be no better example of politics by collaboration than Sinema. She literally wrote the book on it – ‘Unite and Conquer’ (2009). She leads with an arm extended to the other side and a promise to work together.”

Arizona Republic, 10/21/18

Mary Barzee Flores (FL-25)

“However, after those 16 years [of Diaz-Balart in office], we sit here with putrid water-quality problems when Washington, through eight-year Republican and Democratic administrations, failed miserably to deliver on what was promised in 2000 to be a 50-50 partnership with the state on Everglades restoration. […] Here, however, Barzee Flores is imminently qualified and well prepared. […] She vows to represent everyone and to do so on both the east and west coast sides of this cross-state district.”

Naples Daily News, 10/21/18

Donna Shalala (FL-27)

“We need someone in Washington who is ready to step up to the plate and make things happen for Miami. Shalala is that person, her high profile nationally and in the South Florida media market means she would be able to readily shine a light on causes we see as most important, while also effectively serving the interests of her constituents. While her Republican opponent Maria Elvira Salazar is also running a very strong campaign […] during these tumultuous times, we need a candidate that can be up and running and working for us on day one – for all the people.”

Miami Community Newspapers, 10/19/18

Abby Finkenauer (IA-01)

“Between the two, for myriad reasons, residents of the 1st District would be best represented by Finkenauer. […] If there is such a thing as a quintessential Iowa experience, Finkenauer has lived it and holds passion for it. Sitting in a room and listening to her speak about family, friends and fellow Iowans, it becomes clear that this campaign truly is as personal as her ads claim. And it is all of her experiences — in the private and public sectors, in rural and urban environments — that will benefit 1st District residents from all walks of life.” 

The Gazette, 10/21/18

Laura Kelly (KS Governor)

“Amid urgency to address lingering challenges, Kansas needs its next governor to work immediately and effectively with the Legislature. State Sen. Laura Kelly is prepared to do so. A moderate Democrat, she’s respected on both sides of the aisle as a politically astute, pragmatic contributor. […] And to think far-right Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kris Kobach would revive the same reckless tax policy. Kobach simply cannot be counted on to be a positive, focused governor.”

Topeka Capital-Journal, 10/20/18

Janet Mills (ME Governor)

“Of the four candidates for governor whose names appear on the ballot this year, we find that Attorney General Janet Mills best fills the requirements for the state’s most complicated job. In her campaign, Mills has focused on the right issues: health care, education and rural economic growth. But what sets her apart from the field is her deep knowledge of state government, what its agencies are supposed to do and how they are supposed work together. She also knows from experience how the Legislature can navigate partisan differences and still be productive: She has shown that she knows when to fight and when to compromise.”

Portland Press Herald, 10/21/18

Amy Klobuchar (MN-U.S. Senate)

“Thoughtful, respectful and respected, Klobuchar has a demonstrated ability to work with both sides that continues to pay dividends for herself and Minnesota. That’s why even in the minority, Klobuchar was the lead Democrat on 20 bills passed during the Trump presidency. Whether it’s combating human trafficking or tweaking the tax code to provide help to Minnesota farmers, Klobuchar, 58, has made it her business to work across party lines — a trait even more valuable in this hyperbolic, tribal era.”

Star Tribune, 10/19/18

Tina Smith (MN-U.S. Senate)

“Smith wasted little time, producing a flurry of lower-profile but substantive legislative proposals and forming relationships with senators in both parties. […] As a senator, she has displayed the same style and focus on outcomes that led her to be nicknamed the ‘velvet hammer’ earlier in her career. Those are necessary qualities in a body where, it is no secret, a minority of senators do the heavy lifting on the toughest issues.”

Star Tribune, 10/19/18

Kathleen Williams (MT-At Large)

“Not to be too dramatic about it, but Kathleen Williams is the congressional candidate Montana has been waiting for. Experienced. Knowledgeable. Thoughtful. Measured. Most remarkably, Williams exudes that unique combination of grit and camaraderie that embodies the very best traits of Montanans, and which is an essential trait of any truly great statesman […] The Missoulian initially endorsed Gianforte for that [2017 special election] race, with strong reservations, but was forced to take the unprecedented step of rescinding our endorsement immediately after Gianforte lost his temper and physically attacked a reporter […]”

Missoulian, 10/21/18

Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11)

“Mikie Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor, is the Democrat vying for the seat against State Assemblyman Jay Webber, a Republican endorsed by President Trump who has opposed state funding for Planned Parenthood. Ms. Sherrill has said her top priorities would be passing legislation to create universal background checks for gun purchases and drumming up support for the Gateway project to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River to New York, a key issue for the region.”

The New York Times, 10/20/18

Susie Lee (NV-03)

“Her passion for helping others and her ability to produce results make Lee an extraordinary candidate to represent Nevadans in the House. The same goes for her commitment to support affordable health care and fight for gender equality, gun safety, immigration reform, environmental protections and development of renewable energy. […] Perennially unqualified for any office whatsoever, Tarkanian has gone 0-for-5 in bids for public office, and his full-throated support for President Donald Trump’s divisive agenda should make this loss No. 6.”
Las Vegas Weekly, 10/18/18

Liuba Grechen Shirley (NY-02)

“Liuba Grechen Shirley, a spirited Democratic activist challenging a longtime Republican incumbent, Representative Peter King, is among the wave of women inspired to run by the election of Donald Trump. […] She would also extend Temporary Protected Status to immigrants who fled disaster at home. That more welcoming approach would be a much needed change from Mr. King, who supported Mr. Trump’s so-called Muslim travel ban. Mr. King has also stirred anti-immigrant sentiment more generally, in his district and nationally.”

The New York Times, 10/20/18

Betsy Rader (OH-14)

“Rader has made much of their differences on health care. That makes sense because it plays to her strengths as a former attorney at the Cleveland Clinic with a tenure at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also served as the director of Geauga County’s advocacy program for abused children. Joyce is vulnerable on health care as he seeks to have it both ways. He now touts his resistance to Republican repeal efforts, yet he voted 31 times for dumping the Affordable Care Act. Joyce and his party still do not have a credible alternative.”

Akron Beacon Journal, 10/18/18

Kathleen Clyde (OH Secretary of State)

“It's critical that the next secretary of state build on Husted's strengths while doing much more to make voting easier. That includes aiming voter purges at those actually ineligible to vote, or who've moved out of state or died, not at citizens who simply have failed to vote for a few years. […] Clyde, an election law expert, has been a steady supporter of Ohioans' voting rights and of making it easier for Ohioans to exercise those rights. Voters should elect Kathleen Clyde as Ohio's next secretary of state.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/21/18

Maria Cantwell (WA-U.S. Senate)

“Moderate voters sick of partisan bickering should appreciate Cantwell’s restraint; the senator’s Teflon demeanor is the best defense against the political dysfunction in D.C. Sure, Cantwell has the incumbent’s advantage, but her edge is more than just institutional knowledge. […] By reelecting Cantwell this November, Washington will continue to reap the benefits of her experience and seniority on Capitol Hill. As the ranking Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, Cantwell is poised to protect Washington’s natural treasures at a time when forces are hostile.”

The News Tribune, 10/20/18

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