DL Exclusive: Brenda Mayrack Receives Major Endorsement from Emily’s List

Filed in Delaware, National by on June 5, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware State Auditor candidate Brenda Mayrack has officially been endorsed by Emily’s List.

Here is the press release in its entirety:

For Immediate Release
June 5th, 2014

EMILY’s List Endorses Brenda Mayrack for Delaware State Auditor

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Brenda Mayrack for Delaware State Auditor.

“Brenda Mayrack is an experienced leader and proven advocate for Delaware women and families,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “From her work to give a voice to Delaware’s most vulnerable children to her experience as a smart and skilled attorney, I have no doubt that Brenda will work hard to ensure the tax dollars of the people of Delaware are used efficiently and effectively to improve the welfare of women and families. The EMILY’s List community – now more than three million members strong – is proud to support her candidacy.”

Brenda Mayrack is a Wilmington attorney with a solo practice focused on corporate audits and audit defense. In addition, she has also worked to provide pro bono legal services to benefit Delaware’s most vulnerable residents, acting as a legal advocate for children in foster care and helping establish and serving on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. Brenda has been involved in Delaware politics for over a decade and began her career in service to the state in 1996 as a freshman at the University of Delaware, where she organized Take Back the Night marches, raising awareness about sexual assault on campus and in our communities, and arranged donation drives for shelters. After graduating with honors, she served as a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., specializing in ethics and transparency in government. Brenda went on to concurrently complete a Master’s of Public Affairs from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs along with her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (Madison) in 2008.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $390 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 over 100 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.”

Emily’s List’s mission is as follows: “We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office.”

Those elected women have become an incalculable asset to the progressive movement throughout the country.  As the Emily’s List tagline states: “More than 3 million members. Over 600 election victories. All with a single focus — progressive change that matters.”

“I am both inspired and gratified by this endorsement,” Mayrack told Delaware Liberal. “I am running for Auditor because I intend to work to ensure that each one of our hard-earned tax dollars is used well and not wasted. All Delawareans, along with those who have placed their trust in me, deserve that, and that’s the mission I will bring to the office.”

This is a big deal for Delaware. Brenda Mayrack offers the real promise of progressive leadership for Delaware. She will be a great auditor, bringing both an incisive mind and, here’s a word you don’t ever hear associated with current Auditor Tom Wagner, competence, to effectively do the job. Which, by the way, impacts every citizen of this state, even if Tom Wagner is too, um, somnambulant to notice it.

Might I also point out that this endorsement strongly suggests that the people at Emily’s List recognize Brenda Mayrack’s potential to rise to even greater political prominence? Seeing as there’s a virtual absence of credible progressive Democratic alternatives to the current largely undistinguished crop of statewide and national Delaware elected officials (Matt Denn being perhaps the only notable exception), Mayrack’s candidacy and election (now’s the time to jump in with $$’s, shoe leather, and/or whatever the campaign needs, and here’s where to do it) offers legitimate hope to liberals and progressives.

Pause for a moment to celebrate, then, let’s get to work!

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  1. SussexAnon says:

    Has anyone gone from auditor to greater office in Delaware?

    Go Brenda!

  2. Jason330 says:

    That is great. The “glass is half empty” side in me wonders how long she can remain a progressive in Delaware’s Democratic Party – particular if she has higher statewide aspirations. Let’s face it, – you need to internalize the view that taxes are keeping rich people down if you want to get anywhere.

  3. John Manifold says:

    I’m more optimistic than Jason. Just as Biden became a Senator without genuflecting to downstate Dixiecrats, and could operate beyond the bounds then set for Delaware Democrats, Brenda will become a statewide official without owing her network to the Soles-Freel crowd.

  4. RunCV79 says:

    Short memories around here… Velda Jones-Potter was endorsed by Emily’s List, too… Just sayin. That wasn’t exactly a game changer for her…

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