Annual Fall Reception Spotlights Men Who Support Women Candidates

Here in the Bay Area, men are working hard to get women elected to office. Emerge California, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, will honor those men at its annual fall mixer at Hawthorn in San Francisco. 

California men recognize that we need women’s leadership to help address our most serious challenges, including drought exacerbated by climate change, economic and social disparity, and the nefarious impact of corporate and special interest on policymaking. Research shows that elected women vote more consistently in favor 
of environmental protections and prioritize issues affecting women, children, and families.

Emerge CA’s most ardent male supporters, including Emerge CA Board Member and SF School Board President Matt Haney, Emerge CA Board Member Shawn VanDiver, and Assembly Members Rob Bonta and David Chiu are co-hosting the reception at Hawthorn Lounge. State Treasurer John Chiang will deliver the keynote, and the San Francisco 49ers are official event sponsors.

“We could not do the important work we do at Emerge without the support of men,” said Emerge California Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “Electing more women in California is not about parity for parity sake. Our male supporters know that women in office have been shown to be more collaborative and effective in passing legislation. These are the qualities we need in our leaders right now to address our biggest challenges.”

Who:      Emerge California

What:     6th Annual Men of Emerge California Fall Mixer

When:    Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where:   Hawthorn, 46 Geary Street, San Francisco

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained nearly 400 women. Fifty percent of those women have run for public office or been appointed to local and statewide boards or commissions. Of those who have run, nearly 70% have won their races. In addition, 50% of Emerge graduates are women of color.

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