AUGUSTA, Maine — State Sen. Emily Cain, a Democrat from Orono who is exploring a 2014 run for Maine’s 2nd U.S. House District seat, has won support from a potent and well-known national organization called EMILY’s List.

The organization, which has more than 2 million members, lists pro-choice Democratic women candidates in order to connect voters with them earlier in political campaigns. In its 28-year history, the organization has raised more than $350 million to support, recruit and train more than 8,000 women. Of those, 101 EMILY’s List women have been elected to the U.S. House, 19 to the Senate, 10 as governors and more than 500 to state and local offices.

“Emily Cain is the kind of dynamic young leader who can engage the next generation, and she’s already been pursuing economic justice for the middle class in Maine’s state Legislature for nearly a decade,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock in a prepared statement. “As the youngest woman to serve as Democratic minority leader in the state House, she has consistently stood up for working families, voted and spoken out against anti-choice legislation, worked to strengthen domestic violence laws and support survivors of abuse, and fought for child safety. EMILY’s List is thrilled to support her campaign. Washington could use a new face and fresh perspective like Emily Cain.”

Cain was first elected to the Maine House in 2004 and served four terms before being elected to the Senate last year. She is among several candidates who have shown interest in Maine’s 2nd U.S. House District seat in the event that U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who is serving his sixth term representing the 2nd District, runs for governor as the Maine Democratic Party’s candidate.

To date, Michaud and Steve Woods, a business owner and Yarmouth Town Council chairman, are the only two Democrats to file as gubernatorial candidates with the Maine Ethics Commission.

In a recent release, Cain announced that she had raised more than $67,000 from 292 donors in just 15 days prior to a quarterly campaign finance reporting deadline.

Christopher Cousins

Christopher Cousins has worked as a journalist in Maine for more than 15 years and covered state government for numerous media organizations before joining the Bangor Daily News in 2009.