2023 Candidates

Check out the Emerge alums on the ballot in 2023!

List as of September 2023



Marche Johnson – City Council, Montgomery, District 3



Nikki Lee – City Council, City of Tucson, Ward 4



Janessa Goldbeck – County Board of Supervisors, San Diego County



Tiffany Caudill – City Council, Denver, District 2

Candi Cdebaca – City Council, Denver, District 9

Serena Gonzalez-Gutierrez – City Council, Denver

Leslie Herod – Mayor, Denver

Shannon Hoffman – City Council, Denver, District 10

Amber Hott – City Council – Westminster

Shontel Lewis – City Council, Denver, District 8

Sarah Parady – City Council, Denver

Amanda Sawyer – City Council, Denver, District 5

Leslie Twarogowski – City Council, Denver, District 8



Kai Belton – State House, District 100



Sonya Jelks – City Council, City of Meriden, Area 1

Angie Parkinson – Town Council, East Hartford

Caroline Smith – Board of Aldermen, New Haven, Ward 9

Danielle Wong – Mayor, Bloomfield



Jacqueline Coleman – Lt. Governor

Sierra Enlow – Commissioner of Agriculture

Kimberley Reeder – State Auditor

Pamela Stevenson – Attorney General



Mandie Landry – State House, District 91



Simone Levine – Criminal District Court, New Orleans



Barbara Cray – School Board, RSU-12

Natalie DiPentino – School Board, SAD-31

Susana Hancock – School Board, RSU-5

Kirstin Shapiro – School Board, RSU-21



Denise Mitchell – Mayor, Prince George’s County



Celia Segel – State House, 10th Suffolk



Michelle Badger – School Committee, Plymouth Public Schools

Meredith Boericke – Town Council, Braintree, District 5

Chris Chanyasulkit – Library Board of Trustees, Brookline

Lauren Conoscenti – School Committee, Andover

Julie Flowers – City Council, Beverly

Samantha Hammar – Mayor, Melrose

Dovie King – School Committee, Wayland

Bridget Matthews-Kane – City Council, Westfield, Ward 3

Natasha Megie-Maddrey – City Council, Lynn, Ward 4

Alice Merkl – City Council, Salem

Tessa Murphy-Romboletti – City Council, City of Holyoke

Alicia Reddin – Board of Health, Town of Swampscott

Kristen Strezo – City Council, Somerville

New Jersey


Raya Arbiol – General Assembly, District 12

Michelle Burwell – State Senate, District 19

Christine Clark – State Senate, District 25

Alixon Collazos Gill – General Assembly, District 27

Elizabeth Graner – General Assembly, District 21

Alicia Sharma – General Assembly, District 24

Britnee Timberlake – State Senate, District 34



Colleen Cuneo – County Committee, Haddon Township

Alison De Noia – County Commission, Monmouth County

Priscilla Garces – County Committee, Union County

Allison James-Frison – Board of Education, Newark

Danielle Jones – Borough Council, Borough of Eatontown

Suchitra Kamath – County Committee, Middlesex County/Edison, District 75

Damaris Lira – County Commission, Sussex County

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas – County Commission, Essex County, District 2

Joeigh Perella – County Commission, Cumberland County

Melissa Rawley-Payne – Town Council, Mendham

Shatera Smith – County Committee, Plainfield, Ward 2

Patricia Todd – Town Council, Montgomery

Roberta Walters – Mayor, Borough of Manville

New Mexico


Joy Garratt – State House, District 29



Stephanie Russo Baca – Board of Directors, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District

Heather Benavidez – School Board, Albuquerque, District 4

Deborah Dapson – City Council, Rio Rancho, District 1

Kasandra Gandara – Mayor, Las Cruces

Idalia Lechuga-Tena – City Council, Albuquerque, District 8

Loretta Naranjo Lopez –  City Council, Albuquerque, District 2

Janelle Astorga Ramos – School Board, Albuquerque, District 1

Hilda Sanchez – School Board, Roswell, District 4

Ronalda Tome-Warito – School Board, Albuquerque, District 2



Jodie Barram – Park & Recreation Board of Directors, Bend Park and Recreation District

ShaToyia Bentley – College Board, Mount Hood Community College

Tammy Carpenter – School Board, Beaverton, Zone 7

Tessah Danel – River Water District, Clackamas

Ana Del Rocío – County Commission, Multnomah County

Michelle DePass – School Board, Portland

April Dobson – School Board North Clackamas

Alaire Fajardo – School Board, Junction City

Lisa Fragala – College Board, Lane Community College

Liz Goodrich – School Board, Redmond

Katharine Hyzy – College Board, Clackamas Community College

Jennifer Jonak – School Board, Eugene 4J, Position 5

See Eun Kim – School Board, Hillsboro

Lyndsie Leech – City Council, Eugene, Ward 7

Erin Foote Morgan – College Board, Central Oregon Community College

Morgan Munro – School Board, Eugene 4J, Position 7

Ivette Pantoja – School Board, Hillsboro, Position 5

Tya Ping – Parks & Recreation Board, Tualatin Hills District

Gabriela Saldana-Lopez – School Board, David Douglas, Position 4

Katherine Sherman – School Board, David Douglas

Amy Tatom – School Board, Bend-La Pine

Doris Towery – School Board, McMinnville, District 40

Crystal Weston – School Board, Tigard Tualatin

Pamela White – School Board, Oregon City

Jeanie Whitten – School Board, Gladstone

Robin Zygaitis – School Board, Bethel



Heather Boyd – State House, District 163



Kristian Ballerini – County Treasurer, Bucks County

Rachel Ezzell Berry – Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County

Katie Blume – City Council, Milhelm

Qiana Buckner – Mayor, Penn HIlls

Ashley Comans – School Board, Wilkinsburg

Stephanie DerOhannessian – Township Board of Supervisors, Bethel Township

Judy Dixon – Township Supervisor, Doylestown Township

Lindsay Drew – School Board, Derry Township

Valerie Fleisher – School Board, Mt. Lebanon

Alicia Gasparovic – Borough Council, Langhorne Manor

Ce-Ce Gerlach – City Council, Allentown

Jennifer Henderson – Borough Council, Ambler, Ward 2

Kristine Howard – Court of Common Pleas, Chester County

Kimberly Koch – County Commission, Montgomery County

Jannie Lau – School Board, Radnor

Tina Lawson – Register of Wills, Montgomery County

LaTonia Lee – School Board, Haverford

Cate Mellen – Borough Council, Carlisle

Denitra Moffett – County Commission, Lycoming County

Nacole Moore – Borough Council, Penbrook, Borough 4

Deanna Philpott – School Board, North Hills

Monet Reilly – County Commission, Haverford, Ward 9

Catherine Reimer – School Board, Springfield, Region 7

Christine Reuther – County Council, Delaware County

Heather Reynolds – School Board, Bucks County, Region 2

Melissa Robbins – City Council, Philadelphia

Jessica Rothchild – City Council, Scranton

Weldianne Scales – Magisterial District Judge, Allegheny County

Elaine Schaefer – County Council, Delaware County

Monica Taylor – County Council, Delaware County

Natasha Taylor-Smith – Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia

Janet Diaz Temin – County Commission, Lancaster County

Claudette Williams – Borough Council, Mount Pocono

Deshawnda Williams – City Council, Philadelphia

Tara Zrinski – County Controller, Northampton County



Heidi Campbell – Mayor, Nashville

Michalyn Easter-Thomas – City Council, Memphis, District 7

Erin Evans – Metropolitan Council, Nashville and Davidson County, District 12

Kyonzte Hughes-Toombs – Metropolitan Council, Nashville and Davidson County, District 2

Meggan Kiel – City Council, Memphis, District 5

Indya Kincannon – Mayor, City of Knoxville

Sandra Sepulveda – Metropolitan Council, Nashville and Davidson County, District 30

Joy Styles – Metropolitan Council, Nashville and Davidson County, District 32

Zulfat Suara – Metropolitan Council, Nashville and Davidson County



Tara Arneson – School Board, Mt. Mansfield Unified Union

Ellie Beckett – Selectboard, Williston

Brenda Churchill – Selectboard, Bakersfield

Jo Sabel Courtney – Selectboard, Stowe

Edee L. Edwards – Selectboard, Halifax

Kate Gehring – School Board, West River Education District

Isabel Gogarty – Selectboard, Middlebury

Elaine Haney – City Council, Essex Junction

Alex Hilliard – Selectboard, Poultney

Hannah King – City Council, Burlington

Pelin Kohn – City Council, Montpelier

Christy Liddy – School Board, Lamoille North Supervisory Union

Seton McIlroy – Village Trustee, Woodstock

Elizabeth McLoughlin – Selectboard, Brattleboro

Jill Remick – School Board, Montpelier Roxbury School District

Laura Taylor – School Board, Essex Westford School District

Laura Williams – School Board, South Burlington



Kimberly Pope Adams – House of Delegates, District 82

Bonita Anthony – House of Delegates, District 92

Hala Ayala – State Senate, District 33

Mary Barthelson – House of Delegates, District 7

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker – House of Delegates, District 5

Trudy Berry – State Senate, District 9

Destiny LeVere Bolling – House of Delegates, District 80

Jennifer Boysko – State Senate, District 38

Laura Jane Cohen – House of Delegates, District 15

Rae Cousins – House of Delegates, District 79

Karrie Delaney – House of Delegates, District 9

Heidi Drauschak – State Senate, District 35

Jennifer Carroll Foy – State Senate, District 33

Lily Franklin – House of Delegates, District 41

Debra Gardner – House of Delegates, District 76

Pam Garner – State Senate, District 26

Renie Gates – State Senate, District 7

Susanna Gibson – House of Delegates, District 57

Jacqueline Glass – House of Delegates, District 93

Elizabeth Guzmán – State Senate, District 29

Shyamali Hauth – House of Delegates, District 7

Susan Hippen – House of Delegates, District 96

Michele Joyce – House of Delegates, District 84

Karen Keys-Gamarra – House of Delegates, District 7

Sirisha Kompalli – House of Delegates, District 26

Amy Laufer – House of Delegates, District 55

Rachel Levy – House of Delegates, District 59

Makya Little – House of Delegates, District 19

Andria McClellan – State Senate, District 21

Adele McClure – House of Delegates, District 2

Myra Payne – House of Delegates, District 19

Stella Pekarsky – State Senate, District 36

Russet Perry – State Senate, District 31

Mary Person – House of Delegates, District 83

Cat Porterfield – House of Delegates, District 99

Sara Ratcliffe – House of Delegates, District 62

Atoosa Reaser – House of Delegates, District 27

Danica Roem – State Senate, District 30

Emily Scott – State Senate, District 1

Holly Seibold – House of Delegates, District 12

Briana Sewell – House of Delegates, District 25

Irene Shin – House of Delegates, District 8

Natalie Shorter – House of Delegates, District 19

Shelly Simonds – House of Delegates, District 70

Kathy Tran – House of Delegates, District 18

Jolicia Ward – State Senate, District 25

Jennifer Woofter – House of Delegates, District 52



Andrea Bailey – Board of Supervisors, Prince William County

Buta Biberaj – Commonwealth’s Attorney, Loudoun County

Julia Biggins – School Board Chairman, Prince William County

Juli Briskman – County Supervisor, Algonkian

Maureen Coffey – County Board, Arlington County

Lorita Copeland-Daniels – School Board, Spotsylvania County, Salem District

Parisa Dehghani-Tafti – Commonwealth’s Attorney, Arlington County, City of Falls Church

Lindsey Dougherty – County Supervisor, Bermuda District

Margaret Franklin – County Supervisor, Prince William County

Deshundra Jefferson – County Supervisor, Prince William County

Stacey Kincaid – Sheriff for Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, Town of Herndon, & Town of Vienna

Anne-Marie Leake – Board of Supervisors, Henrico County, Tuckahoe District

Lauranett Lee – School Board, Chesterfield County

Dalia Palchik – County Supervisor, Fairfax County

Amanda Pohl – Clerk of Court, Chesterfield County

Antonia Saunders – School Board, Bermuda

Jessica Schneider – County Supervisor, Chesterfield County

Shannon Taylor – Commonwealth’s Attorney, Henrico County



Mary Anderson – Superior Court Judge, Snohomish County

Kristin Ang – Port Commission, Tacoma

Leatta Dahlhoff – City Council, Tumwater

Kristiana De Leon – City Council, Black Diamond

Katherine Festa – City Council, Federal Way, District 5

Jessica Forsythe – City Council, Redmond

Cindy Gobel – Auditor, Snohomish County

Yoshiko Grace Matsui – City Council, Des Moines

Jenna Nand – City Council, Edmonds

Senayet Negusse – City Council, Seatac

Debbie Page – City Council, Black Diamond

Corina Pfeil – City Council, Kenmore, Position 7

Sarah Reyneveld – County Council, King County, District 4

Amy Schwab – Port Commissioner, Walla Walla, District 2

Davida Sharpe-Haygood – School Board, Puyallup

Jamie Smith – County Council, Pierce County, Position 2

Han Tran – School Board, Bothell

Kim-Khanh Van – City Council, Renton

Shellie Willis – City Council, Puyallup

Janice Zahn – City Council, Bellevue



Julie Allen – Town Treasurer, Town of King

Danielle Bailey – School Board, Glendale-River Hills School District

Kate Barikmo – School Board, Mequon-Thiensville

Juliana Bennett – Board of Aldermen, City of Madison, District 2

Carolyn Clow – Village President, McFarland

Joyce Hall – Board of Aldermen, City of Hudson, District 6

Barbara Harrington-McKinney – Board of Aldermen, City of Madison, District 20

Kristen Keyser – School Board, West Allis-West Milwaukee

Emily Kuhn – Mayor, City of Middleton

Sabrina Madison – Board of Aldermen, City of Madison, District 17

Julia Matthews – Board of Aldermen, City of Madison, District 12

Nicki Vander Meulen – School Board, Madison Metro Schools

Diane Odeen – Board of Aldermen, City of River Falls

Natalia Taft – Board of Aldermen, Racine

Anissa Welch – Mayor, City of Milton