Ravel earns support from largest national resource for women in politics
San Jose, CA – California State Senate candidate Ann Ravel announced today that she has earned the endorsement of EMILY’s List. This endorsement will allow Ravel’s campaign to access EMILY’s List’s nationwide network of financial and organizational support that have helped fuel election victories for Democratic women across the country.
“Ann realized at a young age the many issues facing women and girls. She has been a lifelong advocate for closing the gender and racial wage gap and ensuring women can do their jobs without the fear of harassment and retaliation. After working her way through college and law school, Ann served as Santa Clara’s top attorney. She took on cases that advocated for youth, upheld marriage equality, and protected seniors from financial abuse. EMILY’s List is proud to support a leader like Ann for the California Senate,” said Geri Prado, vice president of state and local campaigns at EMILY’s List.
EMILY’s List was founded in 1985 to fund campaigns to elect pro-choice Democratic women to office. Over the last 35 years, EMILYs list has helped elect more than 1,200 women to federal, state, and local office – including more than 300 women in 2018.
“It is a great honor to earn the support of an organization with the unparalleled track record of EMILY’s List,” said Ravel. “Electing more women to office – and closing the widespread gender disparity that persists to this day – is an issue that has long been close to my heart. The only way to have an equal voice in government – and to truly deliver power back to the people – is to elect leaders who are representative of our community.”
Previously, Ravel announced endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice California, California Women’s List, Fund Her, the California Democratic Legislative Women’s Caucus, Democratic Activists for Women Now (DAWN), National Women’s Political Caucus – California and Black Women Organizing for Political Action, among other organizations. She has also earned the support of elected women including Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, State Controller Betty Yee, Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Katie Porter, State Senators Connie Leyva, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Melissa Hurtado and Susan Rubio, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg.
During the primary, The Mercury News called Ravel a “standout” candidate and said “Ravel is the one with the strength of character and respect to make a difference on the most important issues facing Californians.”
Ravel’s lifetime of public service has been defined by her fights to protect consumers and empower voters. Twice she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration – first fighting on behalf of consumers at the Department of Justice, then working to make our elections fairer and more transparent as head of the Federal Elections Commission.
Ravel was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, leading a first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers and their illegal dark money network. As Santa Clara County’s chief attorney, she took on tobacco companies and won support for better healthcare, won pioneering cases protecting consumers, was a champion of a precedent-setting case to safeguard children from lead paint, and was never afraid to defend equality for all people.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit http://www.RavelforCA.com.
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.