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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

Feb 14 2017

By Andrea Dew Steele
February 14, 2017

Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took the floor of the U.S. Senate to speak against the confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. As she attempted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King asking Senators to vote against his confirmation to a federal judgeship in 1984 due to his history of racism, she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He invoked an obscure and rarely-used Senate rule to silence Warren for the remainder of the Sessions debate, remarking: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”


Jan 20 2017

You—yes, you—should be running for political office. But what would it entail, exactly? Slate spoke to four first-time candidates who won their races in November about their experiences campaigning and their thoughts on seeking office.

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 29 2016

Lateefah Simon was one of three new BART directors elected earlier this month. She will take over District 7 from outgoing director Zakhary Mallett. District 7 is unique in that it encompasses portions of San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa. That means balancing the requirements of the outlying suburban areas with those of West Oakland and dense parts of San Francisco.

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.

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