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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

OH-05 Dem Robin Weirauch: EMILY's List Puts Her On Its List

BOWLING GREEN (TDB) -- Jeff Coryell of Ohio Daily Blog checked and found Robin Weirauch made the list. The access to nationwide financial support puts the NW Ohio congressional contest on the map. It means the Democrat has a shot at claiming territory held by the GOP since the Depression years. Here's the text of Jeff's post today:

EMILY's List, the nation's largest political action committee and financial resource for women running for elective office, today announced its endorsement of Robin Weirauch in her bid for Ohio’s fifth congressional district.

“A passionate advocate for the community with deep roots in northwest Ohio, Robin Weirauch has been making a positive difference in the lives of Ohioans for more than two decades,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List. “From economic development to education and protecting children, Weirauch has tackled some of the toughest challenges facing this district and created effective solutions to improve people’s daily lives. In an environment rife with frustration with the status quo, Weirauch offers a real world perspective and on the ground experience that is the answer to her district’s desire for change.”

This is a huge boost for the Weirauch campaign. Founded in 1985 and 100,000 members strong, Emily's List is the country's largest PAC. In 22 years it has raised over $240 million and has elected 69 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House. The press release gives a nice biographical sketch:

Weirauch was born into a military family at the Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. She grew up in Henry County, where she attended Liberty Center High School. After she graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1980, Weirauch began working at the Filling Memorial Home of Mercy, Napoleon, which was a residential facility for individuals with severe developmental disabilities. In the mid-80s, she volunteered as a state-certified emergency medical technician for the Napoleon Fire Department. She has also been a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio. In 1994, she was trained and sworn as a court-appointed special advocate in Henry County, representing the best interests of children involved in the legal system. Most recently she worked as the assistant director of the Center for Regional Development at Bowling Green State University. The Center provides economic and community development research and assistance to communities in 27 counties across northern Ohio.

Weirauch said that she is honored to receive the support of Emily's List members and described the theme of her campaign this way:
Ohioans want a change in direction and leadership that will truly understand and focus on needs of these communities. In Congress, I'll fight to bring home the help we need to create jobs, invest in education, and strengthen public safety. I'll also fight to bring home our soldiers from Iraq.

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