Emily’s List backs Democrat Susie Lee in Nevada Congressional Race
Nevada’s Democratic congressional candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Susie Lee, backed by Nevada’s entire Democratic delegation, picked up another endorsement – this one from Emily’s List, a group that supports pro-choice women candidates.
The group that supports pro-choice women candidates endorsed the education advocate Susie Lee on Tuesday, joining supporters including Nevada Democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. Emily’s List was founded in 1985 and has raised more than $500 million to support Democratic Party campaigns.
“Susie Lee is an experienced problem solver and a powerful advocate for Nevada women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “As one of eight children raised in a working-class family, Susie knows that hardworking people all too often struggle to make ends meet. She is deeply committed to serving the most vulnerable Nevadans because she saw firsthand that community support can help disadvantaged children overcome barriers to opportunity. The stakes are high for women and families in this swing district, and the EMILY’s List community of over three million members is excited to endorse Susie’s strong campaign to move Nevada forward.”
Susie lee said she was honored to have received the endorsement of Emily’s List.
“I am honored to have the support of Emily’s List in my campaign for Congress,” Lee said in a statement provided by the group. “Emily’s List has a long history of helping elect women who will defend reproductive freedoms and fight for women and families. I am eager to join that fight, and I look forward to working with Emily’s List to bring my problem-solving, solutions-based approach to Washington.”
Lee is an honor graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a master degree in public management. In 1993, Lee worked as a campaign policy advisor to Las Vegas Mayor Jan Laverty Jones and founded a homeless shelter for parents and children in need. In 2010, she became the president of the Board of Communities in Schools of Nevada (CIS), a program that seeks to lower high school dropout rates.
“Susie Lee is an experienced problem solver and a powerful advocate for Nevada women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List.
Lee will face Democrat Jack Love in the primary race to replace Representative Jacky Rosen who is seeking the Senate seat held by Republican Senator Dean Heller. Love is an insurance agent who supports Medicare for all; a cause championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Love says he does not have the name recognition or financial backing that Lee does, but he intends to use a grass-roots strategy and reach people through social media and knocking on doors. “Early endorsements in this Democratic primary remind me of early endorsements for Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2016,” Love said.
“I have not seen what the important issues are to (Lee),” he said. “I have nothing bad to say about her. She seems to be well liked, and she is a Democrat, so she must not be too bad. I am in this to help the average person.”
The Republican side is a crowded race for this district with twelve candidates that have filed campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.
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