November 06 2013
NEWS FROM THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Media Advisory: November 6, 2013
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Statement from Jessica Ehrlich
Tallahassee, FL - Today Jessica Ehrlich released the following statement:
“This morning I am officially announcing that I am suspending my campaign for Congress. I want to thank my amazing staff, donors, and volunteers for everything they have done for our campaign. In particular, I would like to thank the hardworking men and women of the labor movement who have supported my fight for Florida’s middle class families. I also want to thank the voters of Florida’s 13th Congressional district for their continued support. While this is not the result I was hoping for, I remain committed to helping the families of Pinellas County, this state, and this country.”
“I want to personally thank Jessica for her hard work on behalf of our state and our Party,” said Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant. “She has run an incredible campaign that offered voters a positive vision for Florida’s 13th Congressional district. Jessica is a dedicated fighter for Florida’s working families and I look forward to working along side her going forward.”
October 30 2013
UNION SUPPORT CONTINUES TO GROW FOR EHRLICH WITH THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION
St. Petersburg, FL - Jessica Ehrlich for Congress announced today the endorsement of the American Postal Workers Union in her campaign for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. APWU is now the seventh union to endorse Ehrlich including AFSCME, Laborers’ International Union, the Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Transportation Union, United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters and United Food & Commercial Workers.
“The Suncoast Area Local of the American Postal Workers Union voted unanimously to endorse Jessica Ehrlich for Congress in Florida’s 13th district. We will be proud to support Jessica in her quest to provide solid solutions for the everyday problems of Floridians.” stated Suncoast Area President Don Delgman.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of the men and women of the APWU. Our postal workers are an important part of one of our greatest American institutions and I am proud to stand with them as we continue to fight for the hardworking men and women of Pinellas County. “
The APWU is the world’s largest postal union, representing more than 220,000 USPS employees and retirees, and nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers.
A native of St. Petersburg, Jessica Ehrlich is a practicing attorney and has over a decade experience working in the private sector including at three fortune 500 companies as well as almost a decade in federal public policy. Jessica is running for Congress because she is frustrated by the paralyzed partisanship in Washington that is getting in the way of creating more economic opportunity for middle class families in Pinellas County.
October 16 2013
St. Petersburg, FL – Continuing the growth of her congressional campaign for FL-13, Jessica Ehrlich has nearly doubled her support in her first two fundraising quarters of the 2014 election cycle.
Ehrlich raised $112,963.89 in contributions during the months of July, August and September of 2013, the last fundraising period before Congressman Bill Young announced his plans to retire. Ehrlich raised nearly $100,000 more in individual money year over year as compared to the same time in 2012 and has more than doubled her cash on hand in the same period to over $160,000.
In the last three months, Ehrlich’s campaign had almost 600 individual donors with over 445 new investors in the campaign. Moreover, in the last week alone, Ehrlich’s new contributors have increased by an additional 20%.
“It is an honor to have such early support of our people-powered campaign. It proves again that Pinellas County residents want a Representative who will stand up to the paralyzed partisanship of the Washington establishment and fight for the hardworking men and women here at home,” said congressional candidate Jessica Ehrlich. “Voters are tired of business as usual and are ready for a new voice focused on access to education and job training, increasing economic opportunities, and protecting our seniors.”
October 14 2013
St. Petersburg, FL - The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has endorsed Jessica Ehrlich, Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. They noted her commitment to fight for middle class families and work to end the paralyzing partisanship in Congress as a key to their decision.
“We are proud to stand with Jessica Ehrlich early in this campaign because she is a fighter who will work to increase economic opportunity for middle class families in Pinellas County. Jessica has already proven she is willing to stand up to Republicans in Congress who right now have shut-down our government out of spite. And Jessica will fight any efforts by the Tea Party to strip families’ access to affordable health care,” said Mike Ebersole, President of the People’s Chair of AFSCME Florida.
“I am proud to be endorsed by AFSCME. They have a track record of fighting for working families in Pinellas County and across the state of Florida. In Congress I will continue to fight for working families and ensure a brighter future for all of us in Pinellas,” said Ehrlich.
There are approximately 3,000 AFSCME members in central Florida along with AFSCME’s 1.6 million members nationwide. Their members make up hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.
AFSCME joins the Teamsters, Laborers, United Transportation Union, Plumbers & Pipefitters and UFCW in support of Ehrlich for Congress.
A native of St. Petersburg, Jessica Ehrlich is a practicing attorney and has over a decade experience working in the private sector including three fortune 500 companies. Jessica is running for Congress because she is frustrated by the paralyzed partisanship in Washington that is getting in the way of creating more economic opportunity for middle class families in Pinellas County.
September 06 2013
The U.A. Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Refrigeration Mechanics Local Union 123 (U.A.) has endorsed Jessica Ehrlich, Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Her plans to make the economy work again for middle-class families was key to their decision. This is her second major labor endorsement to be announced.
“Jessica Ehrlich is the only candidate who has a plan to get our local economy working again. We chose to endorse her because we want to make sure our district has a strong middle-class for the future,” said Todd Vega of Local Union 123.
“I am so proud to be endorsed by the U.A. Tampa Bay’s working families depend on their commitment to high quality work and wages, and I look forward to helping them to build a stronger middle-class together.”
The U.A. Plumbers, Pipefitters & HVAC Refrigeration Mechanics Local Union 123 is part of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States, Canada, and Australia, which represents approximately 370,000 members. Local Union 123 serves eleven counties in West Central Florida, including: Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee, Desoto Hernando, Citrus, and Sumter.
September 04 2013
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 79 has endorsed Jessica Ehrlich, Democrat for Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. They noted her commitment to the issues confronting working families as a key to their decision.
“We’ve endorsed Jessica Ehrlich early because this seat is important families all over the district. We know Jessica is the new generation of leadership who is going to change business as usual here at home and in Washington,” said President Ken Wood.
“I am so proud to be endorsed by the Teamsters. The Teamsters have been fighting for issues I believe in – and I am proud to stand with them. Together we can rebuild the American middle class.” said Ehrlich.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 79 is part of the 1.4 million member Teamsters Union nationwide. They organize and represent workers to give them a voice in the workplace and the political process.
A native of St. Petersburg, Jessica Ehrlich is a practicing attorney and has over a decade experience working in the private sector including three fortune 500 companies. Jessica is running for Congress because she is frustrated by the paralyzed partisanship in Washington getting in the way of creating more economic opportunity for middle class families in Pinellas County. In 2012, Jessica held Bill Young to his lowest vote percentage in the last two decades and this cycle she is one of only 3 Democrats to outraise a Republican incumbent.
August 20 2013
St. Petersburg, FL – The Women’s Campaign Fund (WCF) has endorsed Jessica Ehrlich, Democrat for U.S. Congress in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The endorsement cites Ehrlich’s staunch support for women’s health issues and calls out her opponent, Congressman Bill Young, for opposing women’s issues throughout his career.
“In his over 40 years in Congress, Congressman Bill Young has made a career out of undermining women’s health, culminating in a starring role in last year’s War on Women,” said Siobhan Bennett, President/CEO of the Women’s Campaign Fund. “It’s time for new leadership in Washington which is why we are proud to stand with Jessica Ehrlich. Her perspective and experience are sorely needed and we look forward to seeing her represent Florida’s 13th district.”
“I am proud to receive the Women’s Campaign Fund endorsement. This year we have seen again and again why it is so important to elect pro-choice women to office, at all levels of government. Pinellas families aren’t interested in Congressman Young’s extreme politics, like voting to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, co-sponsoring Todd Akin’s bill to stop Medicaid from helping women unless they proved they were ‘forcibly’ raped, or voting against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. They want someone who will stand up and fight for them - everyone, regardless of gender,” said Ehrlich.
The Women’s Campaign Fund is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing women to office who support reproductive health choices. Ehrlich is one of six federal candidates that WCF has endorsed for the 2014 election.
August 14 2013
Today in commemoration of the 78th anniversary of Social Security, Jessica Ehrlich issued the following statement:
“Pinellas County seniors have earned Social Security, and they deserve to know their Social Security will be protected,” said Jessica Ehrlich. “Unfortunately, too many in our broken Congress are willing to jeopardize this important program for the sake of their dysfunctional politics. Balancing the budget on the backs of Florida seniors is not the right way to start cutting Washington’s reckless spending, especially while those like Congressman Young are willing to spend our tax dollars on handouts to the wealthiest few. That’s why I look forward to doing all I can to protect, strengthen and preserve Social Security for our parents and grandparents today and for the next generation of American workers.”
July 15 2013
St. Petersburg, FL – Jessica Ehrlich has nearly doubled Rep. Bill Young’s fundraising support in the first filings of their rematch campaign. Ehrlich reported $153,737.41 in contributions, almost twice as much as Young’s $86,208 second quarter report. She has also out-raised Congressman Young’s total contributions for this entire year in just her first quarter.
“This campaign is already being fueled by nearly 500 grassroots donors, and I am grateful to have their support. Speaking with voters every day, I hear again and again that they are tired of business as usual in Washington and are ready for new leadership who will listen and understand what families are going through here in Pinellas,” said Ehrlich. “Folks here are concerned with paying their bills, giving their children a quality education and protecting Social Security and Medicare, not with special interests in Washington.”
https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/images/cleardot.gifFrom April 3, 2013 to June 30, 2013, Jessica raised $153,737 from 487 donors and is reporting $130,872.32 cash-on-hand. Ehrlich raised nearly twice as much as she did in the same period last cycle, including four times as many contributions and nearly twice as much cash-on-hand. She has also out-raised Congressman Young this year despite him receiving 42 percent of his contributions from special interests groups.
July 11 2013
St. Petersburg, FL - The Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) has honored Jessica Ehrlich, democratic candidate for U.S. Congress (FL-13), as a 2013 Leader in the Law. The award recognizes Ehrlich’s leadership and commitment to the Pinellas community.
““Jessica Ehrlich epitomizes a Leader in the Law, as she is a bright, dynamic young woman who is committed to bringing equality and a fresh perspective to our community. Unfortunately, too many decisions are still being made without women at the table. That’s why we’re honoring Jessica, one of Florida’s next leaders, because we want more talented young women to follow her example,” said Brittany Maxey, 2013-2014 FAWL President, Past President of the Pinellas County Chapter of FAWL.
“I am honored and humbled to be named a Leader in the Law by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. This organization has been an irreplaceable source of guidance and support for me. And it is especially touching to receive this award because I know how much I owe the generations of women who blazed the trail for me, and I am proud to carry on their tradition of leadership,” Ehrlich said.
Established in 2010, FAWL’s Leader in the Law award honors those attorneys who have improved their communities through their legal work and volunteerism, and who serve as role models for FAWL members. This year, 28 women attorneys were selected from across the state for the distinction. The award was presented at FAWL’s Annual Meeting.
FAWL was founded in 1951 to promote gender equality and leadership in the law and in the community at large. Ehrlich has been an active member of the Florida Association of Women lawyers for several years.
May 16 2013
One of Only Six Congressional Candidates Named
St. Petersburg, FL - In response to Emily’s List designating Jessica Ehrlich as one of their top Congressional Candidates for 2014 and putting her “On The List”, Jessica Ehrlich released the following statement:
“I am proud to receive the support of Emily’s List and to be one of only six Congressional candidates to be designated as “on the list,” said Jessica Ehrlich. “After 43 years, Bill Young has lost touch with Pinellas County. Instead of looking for solutions to address wasteful spending, to invest in job creation and education, and protect Medicare and Social Security benefits, he votes repeatedly for budgets that do the exact opposite. I’m running for Congress because we need a representative who will stand up for the values of the people of Pinellas County. With the help of our supporters here at home and organizations like EMILY’s List, we will be successful.”
Being put “On the List” ensures support from EMILY’s List’s network of over two million members from across the country.
Jessica Ehrlich is a St. Petersburg native and a practicing attorney. Before practicing law, she worked in international business and finance at three Fortune 500 Companies. As an Attorney she has spent time on Capitol Hill working for both Republicans and Democrats serving as an aide to Representative Clay Shaw (R-FL) and Counsel to Representative Stephen Lynch and developed technology for Bloomberg LP to bring transparency to the legislative and regulatory process.
Ehrlich is an active member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Shorecrest Preparatory School alumni association, serves on the board of Ruth’s List Florida, is a national She Should Run spokesperson, and developed a college scholarship in her father’s name.
Press Release from Emily’s List:
For Immediate Release
May 16th, 2013
EMILY’s List Puts Six Strong Women Leaders “On the List”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, put Ann Callis (IL-13), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Jessica Ehrlich (FL-13), Gwen Graham (FL-02), Eloise Reyes (CA-31), and Martha Robertson (NY-23) “On the List.”
The EMILY’s List community now stands more than two million members strong. “On the List” is a new way to make sure EMILY’s List members can engage with and support promising candidates all across the country even earlier in the election cycle. By putting these women “On the List,” EMILY’s List is ensuring that they have access to this powerful network of supporters.
“During the 2012 election cycle we elected an historic number of women to Congress because the growing EMILY’s List community invested early in races across the country,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Now it’s time to get involved even earlier in the campaigns of fantastic women leaders so that they have what they need to win, and get Washington working for women and families. Ann, Katherine, Jessica, Gwen, Eloise, and Martha, are all experienced public servants – educators, attorneys, legislators and small business owners – who have what it takes to fight back against the GOP’s continued War on Women, and tackle the nation’s toughest problems. The EMILY’s List community is thrilled to get involved in the early days of their campaigns.”
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – 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 101 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars.
For more information on EMILY’s List, please visit www.emilyslist.org