Alumnae in the News

Alumnae Spotlight

Emily Murase

San Francisco School Board President

Emerge California, 2003

Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor

Emerge California, 2009

Michelle Wu

Boston City Councilmember

Emerge Massachusetts, 2010

Attica Scott

Kentucky State House, District 41

Emerge Kentucky, 2010

Brenda Brathwaite

Atlantic County Freeholder Candidate

Emerge New Jersey, 2015

Suzanna Shkreli

Michigan Congressional Candidate, 8th District

Emerge Michigan

Lateefah Simon

Candidate for BART Board of Directors

Emerge California, 2009

Vicki Veenker

California State Assembly Candidate, District 24

Emerge California, 2006

Alumnae In The News

Nov 29 2016

One of Gov. Paul LePage’s wishes is unlikely to be realized after state Rep. Sara Gideon became the Democratic nominee for speaker of the Maine House of Representatives.

 

Nov 18 2016

House Democrats moved Tuesday to quickly squash a proposal from Gov. Paul LePage to withhold state funding from municipalities that prohibit police from asking about a person’s immigration status or that do not share immigration information with federal authorities.

Nov 11 2016

Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition in the District 1 Democratic primary from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, as winner of the primary, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office after the General Election.

Nov 11 2016

Democrat Leslie Herod looks to be the next representative for state House District 8, covering part of Northeast Denver. She was ready to declare victory at a Democratic election party with about 87 percent of the vote.

Nov 8 2016

Not one to shy away from litigation, Donald Trump is suing the Clark County, Nevada, Registrar of Voters after a Las Vegas polling station stayed open until 10 P.M. on Friday night, CNN reporter Jim Sciutto first reported on Tuesday. According to the complaint, filed by the Trump campaign on Monday, the polling station stayed open two hours longer than it should have, and the campaign wants all voting machines and ballots involved to be set aside and not counted.

Nov 4 2016

In the concrete-lined rooms and hallways of Boston City Hall, you hear an unusual term thrown around a lot: Madam President.

In particular, it’s used when anyone on the floor rises to address Michelle Wu, the 31-year old president of the Boston City Council. Wu, who first ran for office when she was just 28 years old, conducts herself with a kind of gentle surety given her rarefied place in the council’s history — before her tenure, just two other women had ever held the position.

Nov 4 2016

Elaine Paul Schaefer was in a particularly low spot. The Democrat running for an open Pennsylvania House seat in Delaware County was a month away from the end of a long political campaign when she checked her email on Oct. 4. It was past 10:30 p.m., and a note from a young mother popped into her inbox.

Oct 26 2016

Democrat Suzanna Shkreli continued to make Michigan’s 8th District a race to watch as she received a key endorsement Monday from none other than President Obama. In a statement, Obama hailed Shkreli as the kind of candidate “Michigan families can count on” to advocate for them in Washington.

Oct 26 2016

Here’s the dirty little secret about Massachusetts politics: We’re not as progressive as we think when you look at our track record of electing women.

Take, for example, our own State House, where only a quarter of the legislators are female. We’ve been stuck at that number for more than a decade, putting us in the middle of the pack nationally and last in New England. Vermont’s State House, by comparison, is nearing parity, with women taking up 41 percent of the seats.

 

 

Oct 20 2016

I write from the perspective of someone running for re-election for the San Francisco Community College Board. One reason that fewer women run for local offices may be that it is challenging getting people to pay attention to the local races, especially during presidential years. In addition, politics, even in San Francisco, is still very much a “good old boys” club. I’m grateful to Emerge California for proving me the training and network necessary to run in the first place (and for Emerge America for doing such a fantastic job across the country at training Democratic women to run).

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