FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 14, 2017
Emgage PAC Helps Democrats Sweep in Virginia Elections
McLean, VA – Emgage PAC, the first and largest American Muslim federal PAC, rallied American Muslims from across Virginia to help Democrat Ralph Northam defeat Republican Ed Gillespie in the governor’s race in the first major election since Donald Trump was elected one year ago.
Emgage PAC also endorsed Justin Fairfax who won the race for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring who was re-elected as Attorney General. Along with Northam, Emgage PAC endorsed these candidates because of their opposition to the Trump administration’s Muslim ban and their belief that Virginia is a state that is inclusive and stands against bigotry, hate, and xenophobia.
Over the last 100 days, Emgage PAC engaged in an unprecedented effort to organize and mobilize American Muslims. Emgage Action CEO Wael Alzayat said, “This year, the American Muslim community showed that they are ready to stand up to bigotry and Islamophobia by making their voices heard at the polls.” Emgage PAC’s efforts organized dozens of volunteers who registered voters, knocked on thousands of doors, distributed tens of thousands of voter and endorsement guides and made calls from across the country into Virginia to encourage the nearly 100,000 American Muslim voters to go to the polls.
Governor-elect Northam stated: “I’m honored to have received the support of Emgage PAC and the American Muslim community. As Governor, I will continue to stand up against efforts to divide us and stigmatize immigrant communities. I look forward to working with Emgage PAC to further our shared values of inclusion and equality for all Virginians.”
In the House of Delegates races, all nine candidates endorsed by Emgage PAC won and most were in close districts. These delegates gave their commitment to work for the people of Virginia no matter their religion, ethnicity, skin color, or sexual orientation.
Emgage Action is the leading American Muslim civic and political engagement organization. Emgage PAC is a bipartisan, nationally based political action committee that supports state and federal candidates, primarily in battleground states, based on their support for civil rights, minority rights and a diverse America where underrepresented communities are seen as a part of the social fabric of our nation. For more information visit www.emgagepac.org.