EMILY's List designates six female candidates as top recruits


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That brings the number of candidates "On the List" to 12 for the upcoming cycle. The designation gives the candidates access to the group's network of grassroots supporters and donors, and is awarded to strong female recruits that the group feels have potential to be competitive in their races.

The new candidates "On the List" are Alma Adams, running for the Democratic nomination in what could be an open seat if Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) is confirmed as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, former state Sen. Staci Appel, challenging Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa), Democratic national committeewoman Erin Bilbray, challenging Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.), former state Rep. Pam Byrnes, challenging Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), State Sen. Emily Cain, running in what's likely to be Maine's open 2nd district, and Elisabeth Jensen, challenging Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.).

“Americans across the country have made it clear that they are ready for women’s leadership, and the EMILY’s List community – now two million members from coast to coast – should get to know these six rising stars,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, in a statement.

“Alma, Staci, Erin, Pam, Emily, and Elisabeth are all smart, tough leaders who have tackled diverse challenges in their communities. They have what it takes to stand up to anti-woman Republicans, and move us forward with real solutions to our nation’s biggest problems, and we’re thrilled to support them during the early days of their campaigns," she added.

--This story has been updated to reflect the fact that EMILY's List elects pro-abortion-rights candidates.