For Immediate Release
September 29, 2020
Washington, DC–With 35 days until Election Day, Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, is focused on electing hundreds of alums that are on the ballot for local, state, and federal office. The women Emerge recruits and trains are leading in their communities and represent the future of the Democratic Party.
“Over the past six months, we’ve seen a tragic failure in leadership from the White House and as a result, gridlock in Congress. But across the country, Democratic women have stepped up to fill the void and lead through the twin crises of COVID-19 and epidemic of racial injustice,” said A’shanti F. Gholar, President of Emerge. “Now more than ever, we’ve seen that our leaders matter. Women leaders stand up, they fight, and they will not wait their turn or be ignored. They are our future, and it is time to elect them at every level of the ballot.”
These candidates–Black, Indigenous, Latina, LGBTQ+, mothers, veterans, women with disabilities–are challenging the notion of electability and running for offices that may have never been held by a woman or woman of color.
Women, like Dora Drake and Alexsis Rodgers, represent the candidates that Emerge aims to recruit and train for political office. They are both first-time candidates that have a record of community engagement and a vision of improving the lives of their constituents through substantial policy change. Drake, who is running for the Wisconsin State Assembly to represent part of Milwaukee, will bring her experience in the criminal justice reform movement to the state house. Rodgers will be the first woman and LGBTQ+ mayor of Richmond, Virginia.
Every Wednesday, Emerge features a candidate on the ballot for a live interview at 12:30 p.m. ET on YouTube. This week, Linda Serrato, candidate for the New Mexico State House District 45, will discuss her vision for New Mexico, and how her background as a first generation college graduate and community organizer informs her vision for families.
For more information about Emerge women on the ballot, visit www.emergeamerica.org.