Washington, D.C.—Today, Emerge America, the nation’s leading organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced that Northglenn City Councilmember Jordan Sauers will receive their 2016 Trailblazers Award. The accolade, which recognizes a woman who saw a need and didn’t let the fact that no woman had come before her stand in the way of fixing it, is one of three Emerge America bestows to its alumnae each year as part of its Ambition to Action Awards. Sauers, one of the first Latinas to serve on the Northglenn City Council and youngest person elected to office in Colorado state history, was one of four women nominated for the honor out of Emerge’s more than 2,000 alumnae. The winners were chosen through an open voting period, in which the public voted for their favorite nominee.
“Jordan exemplifies everything that Emerge America and our network stand for and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize her accomplishments,” said Andrea Dew Steele, Founder and President of Emerge America. “Our country is seriously lacking in women’s representation at all levels of government, and our decision-making bodies desperately need more of the unique talents and perspectives women like Jordan bring. We hope that more women will see her hard work and uplifting story and be inspired by it to run for office.”
Sauers is a 2015 graduate of Emerge Colorado, one of the first Latinas ever to serve on the Northglenn City Council and the youngest person to be elected to office in Colorado State history. Because Sauers has experienced the impact that an investment in someone can have on their future, she takes every opportunity she can to give back to her community. Sauers is known for her relentless determination and commitment to lifting up and investing in other women so that while she was the first woman of color elected in Northglenn, she will not be the last.
“I’m honored to receive Emerge America’s Trailblazer Award for breaking down barriers,” said Sauers. “Like many of the women who go through Emerge’s program, I saw an opportunity to make a difference and better my community and decided to step forward and run. I look forward to continuing my career in politics and hope more women will follow my lead and choose a life of public service.”
The voting and awards will culminate with Emerge America’s annual Ambition to Action Post-Election Conference and Luncheon in San Francisco on Nov. 16. Sauers will be a guest of honor at the event and receive an award on stage. More information about it is available here: http://www.emergeamerica.org/content/ambition-action-celebrating-historic-year-women-politics
CONTACT: Allison Abney