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Who Are We?

Ruth’s List helps pro-choice Democratic women win.

Inspired and supported by EMILY’s List and top Democratic women leaders in Florida, Ruth’s List was founded in April 2008.

We are dedicated to building a better Florida by recruiting Democratic women and helping them win elections to key state and local positions around Florida.

We accomplish this with training, campaign assistance, fundraising and a network of members giving their skills, time and finances to help women win.

Our winning record:

  • In 2010, every one of our endorsed candidates won her primary.
  • In 2011, we endorsed and helped elect three Tampa City Councilwomen, taking back two seats held by Republicans.
  • In 2012, Ruth’s List retained our incumbent, progressive, Democratic women in the Legislature and won five new seats, totaling 20 victories in three years
  • In 2013, we won four out of four races: three city council races and a special election turning a State House seat blue.
  • In 2014, Ruth’s List added another 15 victories, including a hard-fought Miami-Dade County Commission race that was held by a Republican incumbent, two Sarasota City Commission races in which Ruth’s List women beat Republican incumbents and a Jacksonville City Council seat which turned blue after eight years of Republican leadership.
  • In 2016, we won 26 races at all levels, including a Hillsborough County Commission seat and a flipped to blue State House seat.
  • In 2018, we broke all records, doubling our historic victories. Ruth’s List had 61 wins, including three special elections. Ruth’s List worked with 235 women. More importantly, 21 seats were flipped from red to blue. We helped elect the first statewide cabinet position held by a Democrat since 2012. We flipped one additional Senate seat and six additional House seats. And 40% of 2018 victories were by women of color.
  • In 2020, Ruth’s List directly engaged with 170+ candidates, trained over 500 women and endorsed 107 candidates for state and local offices. Just under 50% of those endorsed were women of color.
          August Primaries saw unprecedented wins, with 34 out of 38 candidates either being elected outright and winning their primary election, or advancing to a runoff. Largest successes were in competitive state legislative primaries for safe Democratic House seats. 

          November General Election saw Ruth’s List candidates experience considerable success in local and municipal elections but followed a Florida state trend which reflected underperformance in legislative races. Ruth’s List celebrated its 200th victory and the election yielded 58 wins out of 91 endorsed candidates.

Since 2008, we have raised $5,000,000, elected 200 women to state and local office, and trained more than 2,100 women.

Moving forward, Ruth’s List continues the work of building a solid bench for the future.


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