-February 26, 2014
Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed six new outstanding women leaders in Ohio. They join candidate for Secretary of State Nina Turner and candidate for Treasurer Connie Pillich, who were endorsed by EMILY’s List last year.
· Sharen Neuhardt, Lieutenant Governor
· Sandra Williams, State Senate District 21
· Christie Bryant, State House District 32
· Michele Lepore-Hagan, State House District 58
· Gigi Traore, State House District 11
· Jill Miller Zimon, State House District 12
“We are seeing growing enthusiasm for women’s leadership because Ohioans want commonsense voices at the table who can get things done,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “These six rising stars have what it takes to move Ohio forward and get it working for women and families. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is excited about the chance to elect so many qualified women.”
Sharen Neuhardt is currently a partner at the Thompson Hine law firm. Prior to that, she was Vice President and General Counsel for Mead Data Central, Inc. and general counsel for LexisNexis. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Georgetown University Law School.
Sandra Williams has served in the Ohio State House since 2007. Prior to her work as an elected official, Williams served as a corrections officer, a legislative aide, and in the U.S Army Reserve. She is a former president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and the Ranking Member of the House Public Utilities Committee.
Christie Bryant is an employment and labor and litigation attorney and the founder of Records Request, Ltd. She is the Chair of the African-American Chamber of Commerce, the Finance Chair for the Avondale Community Council, and serves on the Executive Board of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati. Her candidacy has been unanimously endorsed by the Hamilton County Democratic Party Nominating Committee.
Michele Lepore-Hagan is the Director of the Performing Arts Series at Youngstown State University and has served on the Board of Directors for the Youngstown Area Urban League. She has been an outspoken advocate of women’s healthcare access and is dedicated to increasing the representation of women leaders in the Ohio State House.
Gigi Traore has a lifelong history of community service and advocacy in the Ohio State House’s 11th District. She has taken leadership roles at the national, state, and local levels concerning education reform, environmental protection, and gender equality. Her candidacy has been endorsed by numerous elected officials in Cleveland City, Garfield Heights, Newburgh Heights, and other towns in the 11th District.
Jill Miller Zimon is a former Pepper Pike City Councilperson and political journalist. During her tenure on Pepper Pike’s City Council, she helped revamp the city’s budgeting process and led the development of Pepper Pike’s online presence and communications. Previously, she served as a licensed social worker for the families of Northeast Ohio and the primary legal advisor for a mental health agency that served over 6,000 patients, annually.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.