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Clark County Clerk

Diana Alba began working at the Clark County Clerk's Office in December 1985 as a District Courtroom Clerk for Department XVI. During the next 15 years she accepted positions of increasing responsibility, working her way up through various supervisory and management positions. In November 2000, Shirley Parraguirre appointed Diana to be the Assistant County Clerk, a position Diana held for nearly nine years. Sadly, Shirley Parraguirre passed away on August 30, 2009.

Lincoln County Supervisor District 19
District Court 27 Judge
Board of Bar Commissioners

Angela Angel is a mother, advocate, trained attorney, and fighter committed to the empowerment of the hardworking families of Prince George's County. Her focus on boosting community values and benefits is backed by expert knowledge and result-oriented experience in all aspects of government service delivery. In a field of 10 candidates, Angela earned the highest number of votes among all first time candidates. She will be sworn in to the Maryland House of Delegates for Legislative District 25, January 2015.

Judge and Judicial Candidate for 2nd Judicial District, Div 10

Christina P. Argyres is a district court judge in the Second Judicial District of New Mexico. She was elected to the court in 2012 to a term which begins in 2013 and expires in January 2015.  She is running for retention in 2014.

 

Candidate for House District 17, Albuquerque

Deborah has been a physical therapist for thirty-five years. Early in her career she developed a passion for home and community-based services and patient autonomy in decision-making. This prompted her to increasingly focus her work in healthcare administration, to attend law school to further her interests in health policy and advocacy and to eventually accept an appointment as Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Aging.

Columbus School Board Director (Candidate for State Assembly District 37)
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board Director
Second Judicial District Court

On June 1, 2010 Judge Shannon Bacon won her primary election and faces no general election opposition. 
Governor Bill Richardson appointed C. Shannon Bacon to the 2nd Judicial District Court in Albuquerque on April 12, 2010. Judge Bacon was a founding Board member of Emerge New Mexico.
'Shannon's intellect and commitment to the legal system will lead her to be an excellent judge and an asset to the 2nd Judicial District,' said Governor Bill Richardson.

Aspen Baker is the leading voice in the nation on the personal experiences of women post-abortion.  It was Ms. Baker's own experience with abortion in 1999 that led her to found Bay Area-based Exhale, an award-winning pro-voice organization dedicated to creating a more supportive and respectful social climate around abortion.

Milwaukee City Council

Deborah Barnes is an educator, a wife, mother, and grandmother, and President of the Milwaukie City Council. This former broadcast news reporter who gave up a successful career in broadcasting in Oregon now teaches high school students the art of broadcasting and digital media in the North Clackamas School District. Deborah has three daughters and three grandchildren. She is married to Scott Webb who runs his own company, Webb Impressions.

Bend City Councilor

An over achiever and perfectionist, Jodie Barram wants to do it all. Married with two children, she balances family life, part time work, and civic leadership. Jodie is engaged in her children’s school and activities. Working as an educational assistant provides her the flexibility to be involved in her community.

Former Nevada State Assembly District 21

Ellen Barre Spiegel is the first Democrat to represent Henderson's Assembly District 21 in a generation. In addition, she is the first Democratic woman to ever represent Assembly District 21!
In 2008, Ellen's opponent spent over $100,000 trying to win the race, while she had raised only $11,000. But with the help of hundreds of supporters, including many independents and moderate Republicans, her campaign was a success.

Vice Chair, Dane County Board of Supervisors (District 8)
Grant County Supervisor District 13

 

Candidate for re-election, Maine State House of Representatives, District 148

She is the State Representative for Maine 125th Legislature. She is on the Board of Directors for Marshwood Education Foundation. She is also a member/participant/volunteer at Eliot /South Berwick libraries, historical societies & local land trust. She is involved in The York County Advocacy Group of State Legislators and County/Municipal Officials. 

State Representative for the 57th Assembly District (Candidate for State Senate - 19th SD)

Penny Bernard Schaber has lived in the Fox Valley for more than 28 years. She has been married to her husband Dale for over 22 years. They both enjoy gardening and working or hiking on the Ice Age Trail. Together they finished hiking the whole Ice Age Trail in 2005.

Penny has been a physical therapist for 32 years, working in hospitals, nursing homes, pubic schools and in private practice.

State Representative for 95th Assembly District (Candidate for Re-election)
 

Edesa Bitabdal is the Intergovernmental Affair representative for the San Jose Redevelopment Agency (SJRA)working to not only prevent further reductions but also to restore funding to the SJRA. In addition, she has been a project manager for the Façade Improvement Program, managing grants for small business owners. She has been a Board member of the Democratic Activist for Women Now (DAWN) organization whose mission is to elect Democratic women into public office.

Kenosha County Supervisor District 12
Shorewood Village Board of Trustee

London Breed was sworn in as the Supervisor for District 5 on January 8, 2013. The neighborhoods she represents include the Fillmore/Western Addition, North of the Panhandle, Lower Haight, Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley, Inner Sunset, Hayes Valley, JapanTown and Alamo Square.

Candidate for Reno City Council Ward 1

The daughter of a former small town City Council member, Jenny Brekhus is a city planner and public policy consultant. She also teaches planning at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College (2010-2011). She has experience in community planning, housing, transportation, infrastructure programming, land use, and public involvement. The former planning director of a rural New Mexico community, she also worked for the cities of Albuquerque and Reno. 

Flagstaff City Councilmember

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Judicial Candidate for Second Judicial District Court, Division 4

Beatrice Brickhouse began her public service career as an officer in the United States Army. After graduating from law school in 1993, Judge Brickhouse began serving the citizens of New Mexico as an Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting felonies, including crimes against women and children. In 1996, she transitioned to private practice, representing indigent citizens in civil rights and criminal matters. Judge Brickhouse moved to Bernalillo County in 1999, and after taking time to start a family, served as a DWI hearing officer.

Lexington School Committee

Bonnie ran for the School Committee after being a community leader and working on political campaigns for years.  She used her Emerge training to make the leap from the side lines to being the candidate, and together with the skills she learned from Emerge and a strong campaign team behind her was able to secure an unopposed run for a seat on the Lexington School Committee in March 2011.

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