WASHINGTON, D.C. - EMILY's List, the nation's largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Diane Denish for Governor of New Mexico.
"Diane Denish has long been an effective and dedicated leader for the people of New Mexico," said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY's List.
"As New Mexico's first woman Lt. Governor, Denish has made children and families a top priority, working to expand pre-Kindergarten programs and planning for economic opportunities for the future workforce. Denish has also worked closely with small businesses across New Mexico to help them connect to public and private programs to foster economic growth.
A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Diane Denish operated a successful small business before becoming Lieutenant Governor in 2002. As chair of the state's Children's Cabinet, Denish has worked tirelessly to make sure that the state government fulfills its commitment to support education and ensure the health and safety of children across the state.
As a former small business owner, Denish understands that small businesses are the backbone of New Mexico's economy. Denish has held numerous forums across the state in order to better assist local entrepreneurs and help create a better future for the next generation.
"I am honored to receive the support of EMILY's List and its members in New Mexico and across the country," said Denish. "As Governor, I'll continue my fight for a brighter future for New Mexico families."
EMILY's List supported Denish in her campaigns for Lieutenant Governor in 2002 and 2006 through our Political Opportunity Program (POP) that helps women win down-ballot and state legislative races.
EMILY's List is the nation's largest financial resource for women candidates. In the 2007-2008 cycle, EMILY's list raised more than $43 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With more than 100,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 79 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 15 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices.