Twenty Emerge Alumnae Vie for Seats in Congress

  • Oct 6, 2020
  • Emerge Staff

October 6, 2020 

Allison Abney

Twenty Emerge Alumnae Vie for Seats in Congress

Washington, DC–Today, Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced that 20 alumnae, including Senate candidate and Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, are on the ballot on November 3 for seats in Congress. These women, representing varied experiences and geographies, have the potential to upend the composition of the Senate and expand the Democratic majority in the House.

“This year’s candidate field for Congress shows that women are continuing to step up, challenge the traditional notions of electability, and demand a seat at the decision making table,” said Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar. “They are leading the charge for Democrats to flip the Senate and expand our majority in the House because they know what’s at stake. It’s more important than ever that our elected leaders in Washington look like the communities they represent and can relate to the experiences of everyday Americans. These women are the future of political leadership in this country and they will safeguard our democracy.” 

Emerge alumnae participate in the organization’s signature six-month training program and upon graduation, join a national network of more than 4,000 Democratic women from all across the country. The Emerge candidates for Congress are: 

  • Sara Gideon, Maine
  • Joan Greene, AZ-05
  • Hiral Tipirneni, AZ-06
  • Brynne Kennedy, CA-04
  • Christine Bubser, CA-08
  • Jillian Freeland, CO-05
  • Dana Barrett, GA-11
  • Lucy McBath, GA-06
  • Sandra “Candy” Christophe, LA-05
  • Deb Haaland, NM-01
  • Xochitl Torres Small, NM-02
  • Patricia “Trish” Ackerman, NV-02
  • Christina Finello, PA-01
  • Kristy Gnibus, PA-16
  • Kim Nelson, SC-04
  • Adair Boroughs, SC-02
  • Renee Hoyos, TN-02
  • Abigail Spanberger, VA-02
  • Kim Schrier, WA-08
  • Jessica King, WI-06

Every Wednesday, Emerge features a candidate on the ballot for a live interview at 12:30 p.m. ET on YouTube. This week, Brynne Kennedy, candidate to represent California’s 4th Congressional District, will discuss her policy priorities, and how her background as a business leader informs her vision for Californians. 

For more information about Emerge women on the ballot, visit