Today, Women Winning, Minnesota’s largest women’s political organization, denounced the sexist rhetoric espoused by Mayor Emily Larson’s political opponent, who said, “Basically, a city official should be a servant, not a mommy and not a dictator.”

In response, Women Winning Executive Director, Meggie Wittorf, released the following statement:

“All too often male candidates belittle women and minimize their leadership. Mayor Emily Larson made history in 2015 when she was the first woman elected Mayor of Duluth, winning with an overwhelming 72% of the vote. Since then she has led with a bold agenda. During her tenure, Mayor Larson has prioritized protecting access to reproductive health care, establishing pay equity, and strengthening Duluth’s infrastructure to ensure safe and healthy communities. These are common sense policies that benefit all Duluthians.”

Women Winning is Minnesota’s largest women’s political organization with more than 15,000 members statewide. For more than 37 years, Women Winning has worked to recruit, train, and elect pro-choice women to all levels of public office, from Park Board to President of the United States. In that time, Women Winning has raised and contributed millions of dollars to pro-choice women’s campaigns, endorsed thousands of candidates, and has more than tripled the number of pro-choice women elected officials in Minnesota. Its endorsement comes with strategic campaign guidance, training, and financial and grassroots support.

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