Washington, D.C.-based EMILY’s List has nominated Mayor Betsy Hodges and five other women across the country for its 2015 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.
The award recognizes women who demonstrate a commitment to community, women and families, and determination and civility, according to the organization that supports pro-choice Democratic women running for office and in elected positions.
“As an advocate for economic justice and improved access to quality education, Betsy Hodges embodies the passion for community and dedication to working families that we need from our leaders,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “The EMILY’s List community — now more than three million members strong — is proud of her achievements as a local leader in Minneapolis, and is thrilled to nominate her for this award.”
The award winner will be chosen with community input. People can vote for their favorite nominee online.
Other award nominees include Charniele Herring, a Virginia delegate; Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives; Cristina Garcia, a California assemblywoman; Ayanna Pressley, a Boston City Councilor; and Michaelle Solages, a New York assemblywoman.
In a note about her nomination, EMILY’s List wrote: “Betsy has spearheaded efforts to improve police-community relations by creating more transparency and building better relationships between the public and the police department. She joins citizens on the front lines of advocating for change: for expanding voting rights, implementing parental leave policies, and backing solutions to gun violence and climate change.”
The organization awarded the first Rising Star Award to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014.