FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2020
Washington, DC–Today, Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office, launched “Women Like Me”– a campaign to draw attention to the diverse women that are running for local, state, and federal offices this election cycle. There are more than 640 Emerge alumnae on the ballot on November 3.
“All across the country and at all levels of government, women are taking their activism and community involvement to a new level by running for office,” said A’shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge. “‘Women Like Me’ celebrates the Black, Indigenous, Latina, LGBTQ+ women, women under 40, moms and veterans that are changing the face of politics, defending our democracy, and working to make this country more inclusive. They will win on Election Day and give our communities the representation they truly deserve.”
The digital media campaign includes: Alexis King, candidate for District Attorney for Colorado’s 1st Judicial District; Alexsis Rodgers, candidate for Mayor of Richmond, VA; Becca Balint, candidate for Vermont State Senate (Windham); Candy Christophe, candidate for Congress (LA-5); Carolina Mejia, candidate for Thurston County (WA) Commission District 1; Deb Haaland, candidate for Congress (NM-1); Iman Jodeh, candidate for Colorado House District 41; Janet Diaz, candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate (13th District); Jeanné Lewis, candidate for DC Council At-Large; Lacey Beaty, candidate for Mayor of Beaverton, OR; Phylicia Porter, candidate for Baltimore City Council (10th District).
There are more than 500,000 elected offices in the country, and women, especially women of color, continue to be under represented. According to the Center for American Women in Politics, women make up less than 30% of Congress, state legislatures, and top municipal leadership positions.
Emerge has trained more than 4,000 women, more than 700 currently hold office. More than 780 Emerge alumnae filed to run at the beginning of the 2020 election cycle. For more information on how to run for office, visit www.emergeamerica.org.