SPOTLIGHT

The Democrats’ Push for Women Governors

EMILY’s List is recruiting candidates for 2018.

(left to right) EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D), and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) at the EMILY's List's conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday May 3, 2017. (Zach C. Cohen/National Journal)
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Zach C. Cohen
May 4, 2017, 8:11 a.m.

EMILY’s List in­tends to play a sig­ni­fic­ant role in gov­ernor races this cycle by re­cruit­ing and help­ing elect can­did­ates than can add to a roster that in­cludes just two fe­male Demo­crats.

The group, which backs Demo­crat­ic wo­men who sup­port abor­tion rights, is “talk­ing to dozens of wo­men already in over 15 states about run­ning for gov­ernor,” the group’s pres­id­ent, Stephanie Schriock, told re­port­ers Wed­nes­day ahead of an even­ing gala.

That in­cludes its five en­dorsed can­did­ates: Govs. Kate Brown of Ore­gon and Gina Rai­mondo of Rhode Is­land, and gubernat­ori­al hope­fuls Rep. Michelle Lu­jan Grisham of New Mex­ico, former Rep. Gwen Gra­ham of Flor­ida, and former state Sen. Gretchen Whit­mer of Michigan.

Schriock and Brown also noted there are mul­tiple fe­male can­did­ates in Ohio (former Rep. Betty Sut­ton and former state Rep. Con­nie Pil­lich) and Min­nesota (state Aud­it­or Re­becca Otto and state Rep. Erin Murphy). A spokes­wo­man said the group is un­likely to en­dorse in those primar­ies. No Demo­crat­ic wo­men are run­ning for gov­ernor in this year’s races in Vir­gin­ia and New Jer­sey.

Schriock said EMILY’s List is work­ing “hand-in-hand” with the DGA, through which Brown said she is re­cruit­ing “prag­mat­ic can­did­ates that re­flect the states that they will rep­res­ent.” Many of these state races, com­ing just ahead of the 2021 re­dis­trict­ing, will play a sig­ni­fic­ant role in the House’s makeup for the next dec­ade.

Zach C. Co­hen

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