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ICYMI: More EMILYs List Candidates Are Endorsed By Local Editorial Boards

October 19, 2018

For Immediate Release
October 19, 2018

ICYMI: More EMILYs List Candidates Are Endorsed By Local Editorial Boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Election Day rapidly approaches, EMILYs List candidates for gubernatorial, federal, state, and local offices are knocking doors, debating opponents, and putting in the hard work they need to do to win. Local newspaper editorial boards are continuing to recognize our candidates’ strengths, leading to more endorsements in support of their candidacies. EMILYs List is proud of the well-deserved praise that our candidates are receiving in their communities.

*This is only a selection of editorial board endorsements of EMILYs List candidates, not a complete list. See a previous list of select endorsements here.

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-U.S. Senate)

“Kyrsten Sinema’s Arizona is more pragmatic than ideological, unafraid to change, concerned about health care affordability and access, values veterans, supports local law enforcement assisting federal immigration authorities, and is inclined to work together rather than draw battle lines. […] In her quest for a Senate seat, gone is the McSally who supported a bipartisan approach to immigration reform and who portrayed herself as an independent thinker (although she voted with Trump 97 percent of the time).”

Arizona Daily Star, 10/18/18

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02)

“While Marquez Peterson describes herself as an independent Republican, she has taken a few pages out of McSally’s playbook. She would not commit to at least two public town halls if she wins office. […] Kirkpatrick’s prior three terms in Congress, even if it was representing CD 1, give her a track record. […] More importantly, Kirkpatrick’s experience with the federal role in major needs in Arizona — water, infrastructure, homeland security, education — gives her a head start in effectiveness for CD 2.”

Arizona Daily Star, 10/14/18

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13)

“Davis, in his third term, personifies the GOP’s slide from a serious conservative party that adhered to a defined set of principles to one that mortgages its values and accepts the unacceptable from President Donald Trump. […] Londrigan’s serious focus on health care, and Davis’ disappointing deference to Trump, both point us to the same conclusion: Voters in Illinois’ 13th congressional race should give Londrigan a chance to succeed where Davis has failed.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/11/18

Janet Mills (ME Governor)

“Mills’ focus on improving the lives of Mainers, no matter their status, would be a needed and refreshing change. […] Expanding Medicaid to provide health insurance to more poor, working Mainers — as voters directed the state to do last year after years of obstruction from LePage — is a priority for Mills. Moody, on the other hand, now says Medicaid expansion is the law and should be funded, but he called for its repeal just months ago. […] Mills is the best choice for a fresh, consistent, competent and compassionate direction to a more prosperous future.”

Bangor Daily News, 10/19/18

Gretchen Whitmer (MI Governor)

“Whitmer isn’t afraid to speak up. She’s fiery and passionate and willing to take the heat. Perhaps most important in a state so strongly divided, she also isn’t afraid to compromise – a trait one learns as a legislator in the minority party. Whitmer says she’s willing to work with anyone and everyone to help Michigan and Michiganders prosper. And she’ll likely have to, depending on how the election shakes out in the Michigan House and Senate. Whitmer has the skills, experience and vision to lead Michigan forward as its next governor.”

Lansing State Journal, 10/17/18

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI-U.S. Senate)

“U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has been representing Michigan in Washington D.C. since 2001. The LSJ Editorial Board believes she deserves to keep her job. She’s good for Michigan, and she’s good for Lansing. […] She’s a vocal supporter of protecting the Great Lakes, lifeblood of our state. […] Other priorities for Stabenow include affordable access to health care and prescription drugs, as well as strengthening education opportunities including career counseling and training in skilled trades.”

Lansing State Journal, 10/18/18

Gretchen Driskell (MI-07)

“Driskell wants to dial back the partisanship and focus on being a ‘voice in D.C. that understands the economy and challenges’ of the 7th District. For that reason, the LSJ Editorial Board endorses Driskell. […] Incumbent Walberg has been predictably conservative, voting with his party on dismantling the Affordable Care Act and weakening the Environmental Protection Agency. These votes are not in the best interest of Michiganders.”

Lansing State Journal, 10/18/18

Elissa Slotkin (MI-08)

“She says she wants to be part of a new generation of leadership that puts people and progress over politics. That may seem idealistic in this hyper-partisan climate. Yet Slotkin has negotiated war zones and the West Wing. She won’t be intimidated by Congress. Incumbent Republican Mike Bishop has failed to demonstrate his commitment to the western portions of the 8th District.”

Lansing State Journal, 10/18/18

Kathleen Williams (MT-At Large)

“We can’t trust Montana’s congressional representation to someone who has resorted to violence against a journalist for merely doing his job of asking a candidate for public office questions about public policy. Kathleen Williams will bring an even temper, analytical mind and thick skin to the U.S. House. She would be a strong voice for civility, bipartisanship and moderation. Combine that with her extensive knowledge of how to make government agencies work for average citizens, and Williams is an excellent choice to represent Montana in the U.S. House.”

Billings Gazette, 10/16/18

Linda Coleman (NC-02)

“Given Coleman’s agenda and Holding’s record, Coleman is the best choice for the Second District. But her election is especially important this year as Democrats push to take control of the House. Flipping Holding’s seat would help provide a desperately needed check on President Trump. Holding and his fellow members of the Republican House majority have abdicated their constitutional role as they’ve alternately enabled or ignored Trump’s attacks on the FBI, his neglect of government responsibilities and his degradation of the presidency.”

The News & Observer, 10/17/18

Jacky Rosen (NV-U.S. Senate)

“Amid the hyperpartisan trench warfare in Congress and the Trump-fueled polarization of U.S. politics, Jacky Rosen shines as a reason for hope that Washington can be fixed. As a uniquely calm voice who strives for bipartisanship, she’s an antidote to the diseases that have infected the nation’s politics. […] With his visible lack of character—as displayed with his flip-flops on the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood, and his full embrace of President Donald Trump’s extremist agenda—Heller has proven to Nevadans that they can no longer trust him to represent their interests.”

Las Vegas Weekly, 10/18/18

Sylvia Garcia (TX-29)

“She has an aggressive working-class platform that includes better jobs, paid sick leave, a higher minimum wage, universal pre-K and Medicare for All. Garcia also called for the creation of coastal storm surge barrier. Garcia has a history of public service that includes city controller and county commissioner, and she understands how government can work to improve people’s lives.”

Houston Chronicle, 10/16/18

Jennifer Wexton (VA-10)

“Ms. [Barbara] Comstock, who has voted with the president 98 percent of the time, points to a handful of instances where she has strayed. But in a district with tens of thousands of federal workers, it took scant political courage to oppose the administration’s move to freeze their pay. […] Ms. Comstock is energetic, but energy deployed in service of bad policy and the Trump administration’s ethical morass is no virtue. Ms. Wexton would be a breath of fresh air.”

The Washington Post, 10/16/18

Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA-U.S. Senate)

“Senator Maria Cantwell has proved she will work across the aisle to defend Washington state’s taxpayers, businesses and natural resources. Voters should re-elect her for another six-year term. […] In contrast, the Republican in the race, former state GOP party leader Susan Hutchison, has a record of intense partisanship that would not help heal wounds in an already bitterly divided Congress.”

The Seattle Times, 10/12/18

Carolyn Long (WA-03)

“Democrat Carolyn Long is an insightful, engaged and energetic candidate. […] And while The Columbian has recommended Herrera Beutler to voters in the past, Long is the superior candidate this time. […] Herrera Beutler’s change of heart regarding economic policy reflects a disappointing partisanship that has resulted in an ineffective Congress. […] And Herrera Beutler has been too quick to go along with misguided policies designed solely to undermine previous decisions.”

The Columbian, 9/30/18

Kim Schrier (WA-08)

“Electing Schrier would be our state’s contribution to flipping political control in D.C. and beginning to restrain the destructive impulses of the Trump administration. Schrier, a pediatrician, would be the only female physician in Congress, a knowledgeable voice defending the Affordable Care Act from attacks by Trump and his allies at the Capitol. […] But Schrier has developed thoughtful positions on other issues, too, from middle class tax cuts to trade agreements to climate change. She didn’t miss a beat answering our questions on everything from forest management to Syria policy.”

The News Tribune, 9/29/18

Katie Hobbs (AZ Secretary of State)

“Hobbs is tempered and agreeable, and has a history of working with the other side when she was at the Legislature. Gaynor is aloof and reluctant to provide specifics on issues. He also has said and done some eyebrow-raising things that could place the office in the headlines, for all the wrong reasons. […] Hobbs has the better grasp of the office, and she would improve the voting experience, especially in reaching out to historically disengaged or disenfranchised voters.”

Arizona Republic, 10/18/18

Susana Mendoza (IL Comptroller)

“With the state’s budget impasse in full swing, Mendoza grabbed her bullhorn and launched an impassioned effort to reset the bill-paying priorities for a state in crisis. In a flash, she became one of the governor’s most vocal critics. We like her gusto. […] Even if the comptroller job proves a stepping stone for Mendoza, though, she has plunged into the state’s finances with impressive fervor.”

Chicago Tribune, 10/12/18

Nicole Galloway (MO State Auditor)

“We endorse incumbent Nicole Galloway as the only candidate with the experience and expertise to keep the auditor’s office running in the efficient, businesslike and exemplary way it has operated since Galloway, a Democrat, took over the job in 2015. […] Missourians of all political stripes who care about transparency and accountability should ensure that Galloway, 36, remains at the helm. This is one race where party loyalty must not guide voters’ decisions because a bad decision could actually inflict serious harm on the state.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10/10/18

Kathleen Clyde (OH Secretary of State)

“Clyde has good ideas for improving the elections process. She would end the excessive ‘purging’ of voters, too many erased from the rolls for just choosing not to vote. She wants the state to adopt an automated voter registration system (with a choice to opt-out), something achieved with success elsewhere. She has unveiled an ambitious, and warranted, cybersecurity plan, with heightened protection through ‘voter-marked, voter-verified’ paper ballots.”

Akron Beacon Journal, 10/16/18

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