Emerge California Announces 2018 Classes, Launches New Central Valley Program

CONTACT: Amritha Venkataraman
510-986-0445; amritha@emergeamerica.org

On the heels of a historic election night for dozens of women across the country, Emerge California, the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, is excited to announce it’s launching a new program in the Central Valley. The Central Valley class will join the organization’s renowned Northern and Southern California classes in the 2018 program year, bringing the 2018 class to its largest ever--a total of 76 women.

“We are so excited about expanding into the Central Valley and being able to reach even more Democratic women in California,” said Maimuna Syed, Executive Director of Emerge California. “The new program is a response to the unprecedented level of enthusiasm we are seeing from women who want to run for office and demand for the training that Emerge California provides. This year, we saw an 86 percent increase in applications to our program. Almost all of the women who applied were inspired to run by the 2016 elections, something we like to call the ‘Hillary Clinton effect.’”

All program members will attend five weekend workshops that will hone their political knowledge and teach them proven campaign skills. Instructors include experts in areas such as ethical leadership, communication, strategizing, organizing a ground campaign and field offices, fundraising and more.

Once they have completed the program, the Class of 2018 will join the more than 450 women Emerge California has trained during the past 15 years. Of those graduates who have run for office, 70 percent have won. They include Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, San Francisco Supervisors London Breed and Malia Cohen, San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon and San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott.

Emerge California is one of 23 state affiliates in the Emerge America network. Last week’s election saw 85 of 129 Emerge women on ballots in 9 states win their races.

“This is more proof that our cutting edge training program gives women the tools they need to run and win,” said Syed. “I can feel the momentum building here in California and across the country. At Emerge California, our incredibly strong network of alumnae are ready to seize on this moment. In fact, some who have already launched their 2018 campaigns. We couldn’t be more excited to join the women across the country making history.”

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