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