Thursday, May 16, 2013

EMILY's List highlights Jessica Ehrlich in her 2014 race against Bill Young

"I am proud to receive the support of Emily's List …" she said.

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Jessica Ehrlich
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Last night, the D.C.-based group EMILY's List named six Democrats running for Congress next year as "On The List," including Jessica Ehrlich in St. Petersburg and Gwen Graham in Tallahassee. Both will be running against Republican incumbents next year, and this mention can only help them gain recognition as they gear up their campaigns.

It is not, however, an endorsement from the group. That would come from EMILY's List political action committee, but according to a press release from the group, it does guarantee that the candidates "have access to this powerful network of supporters."

Ehrlich was endorsed by EMILY's List last year, in her maiden run for political office. Though she was soundly defeated by Bill Young in Florida's 13th Congressional District last November, she received the second largest percentage of votes against the 22-term representative from Pinellas County since he was elected to serve in Washington in 1970.

"I am proud to receive the support of Emily's List and to be one of only six Congressional candidates to be designated as "on the list," said Ehrlich in a press release. "After 43 years, Bill Young has lost touch with Pinellas County. Instead of looking for solutions to address wasteful spending, to invest in job creation and education, and protect Medicare and Social Security benefits, he votes repeatedly for budgets that do the exact opposite."

The 50-year-old Graham is a lawyer and administrator in the Leon County school district, where she'll run against Steve Southerland, elected as part of the GOP tsunami election in 2010. Although she's never ran for political office, she comes with an impressive pedigree, being the daughter of legendary Florida Democrat Bob Graham.

The other four Democrats named by EMILY's List include Ann Callis in Illinois, Katherine Clark in Massachusetts, Eloise Reyes in California, and Martha Robertson in New York.

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