Monday July 22, 2013 | 01:24 PM

WASHINGTON – State Sen. Emily Cain, an Orono Democrat running for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, is getting an early boost from a prominent organization that promotes pro-choice, Democratic women candidates.

EMILY’S List, an organization that recruits and trains women candidates who support abortion rights, announced that Cain was “On the List,” a designation that means her campaign will be featured in the group’s fundraising messages to supporters.

Twelve candidates from around the country with “promising campaigns” were “On the List” as of Monday. EMILY's List boasts that it has more than 2 million members nationwide.

Cain, 33, was one of the first Democrats to announce plans to run for the 2nd District seat if the current occupant, Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, joins the 2014 race for Maine governor. Michaud has set up an “exploratory committee” but is expected to officially join the race this summer.

At least two other Democrats – State Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash and student Alden Smith  – have filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to also run for the House seat, with more likely to come.

“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,” Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, said in a news release on Monday. “As the youngest women 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.”

FEC records show that Cain has already been actively raising money for her campaign, collecting more than $67,000 in donations in the latter-half of June.

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