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Women’s Campaign Fund Endorses Melinda

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2013

Press Release: Women’s Campaign Fund Endorses Melinda

The Women’s Campaign Fund, a non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, today endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President.

“As longtime supporters of Melinda Katz, Women’s Campaign Fund is proud to endorse her race for President of Queens Borough. Katz has already demonstrated her leadership and commitment to women and families in the Queens Borough and we believe that she will continue to champion for Hurricane Sandy reconstruction, affordable housing, and equal rights for women in New York’s second-largest borough.” said Siobhan “Sam” Bennett, President of the Women’s Campaign Fund.

“I am so grateful to Women’s Campaign Fund for their support today. It is so humbling to have the support of one of the leading organizations dedicated to encouraging women to enter public service, and their contributions to protecting reproductive health choices for women across the country are unparalleled. I share the values of the Women’s Campaign Fund and I look forward to working with them well into the future,” said Melinda Katz.

The Women’s Campaign Fund, founded in 1974, is a non-partisan national network dedicated to achieving parity for women in public office. As political venture capitalists, they work to advance women leaders at all levels of political participation and empower individuals to stand up for issues of critical importance to the health of the nation, including reproductive health.

Melinda has been endorsed for Queens Borough President by the late Mayor Ed Koch and Emily’s List.

Melinda Katz has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level. She has been Director of Community Boards for Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, a City Council Member, and an Assembly Member. Melinda represented the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, South Elmhurst and Richmond Hill as City Council Member for the 29th Council District from 2002 to 2009, and served as Chair of the Standing Committee of Land Use.

Prior to being elected to the New York City Council, Melinda served as Director of Community Boards for the Office of the Queens Borough President, Claire Shulman, from 1999 to 2002. Melinda also represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and Glendale in Albany as the Assembly Member for the 28th District of New York from 1994 to 1999.

In 2009, Melinda was the only woman running in the Democratic primary for New York City Comptroller. Most recently, she was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, a law firm specializing in government affairs and land use issues.

Born and raised in Forest Hills, Melinda is a graduate of the city’s public school system. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received her juris doctorate from St. John’s School of Law.

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