State Senator Holly Mitchell to Deliver Keynote Address at Emerge CA SoCal Graduation

Contact: Lindsay Bubar (818) 516-4697

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State Senator Holly Mitchell to Deliver Keynote Address

at Emerge CA SoCal Graduation, Saturday, June 20, Los Angeles

First SoCal Class of Women Leaders Ready to Run for Office

Los Angeles City Council to Honor Emerge CA and

Inaugural Class on Friday, June 19


Los Angeles, CA – Eighteen women from Southern California are now ready to run for office and help close the gender gap in state electoral politics. The class graduates this Saturday after completing a seven-month training program with Emerge California, which recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office. 

Emerge CA launched a Southern California program this year, which ran concurrently with its highly successful Northern California program founded thirteen years ago. The inaugural SoCal class represents a diverse range of professions including engineering, finance, education and public service. Details on graduates available here:

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Jose Huizar and Nury Martinez will honor Emerge CA and its inaugural SoCal class at a special presentation at the LA City Council meeting on Friday morning. A reception will follow.

Who:         Los Angeles City Council

What:        Special Presentation to Emerge CA and SoCal 2015 Class

When:        Friday, June 19, 10:00 AM

Where:       LA City Council Chambers, 200 North Spring St., 3rd Fl., LA

On the following day, State Senator Holly Mitchell will deliver the keynote address at the graduation ceremony. Before being elected to the Senate in 2013, Mitchell served in the State Assembly for three years. She is a fierce advocate for women and families as reflected in her legislation, which includes expanding birth control access, reversing cuts to CalWORKs for families in poverty, and protecting homeless youth from harassment.

“Holly Mitchell is an exemplary leader in our state,” said Emerge California Executive Director Kimberly Ellis. “She advocates tirelessly for women, children, and California’s most vulnerable communities, including seniors, the disabled and minorities. Her purposeful leadership style and legislative achievements make her a powerful role model for women in the Emerge program.”

Who:         Emerge California with Senator Holly Mitchell

What:        SoCal Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony and Reception

When:        Saturday, June 20, 7:00-8:30 PM

Where:       Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda, 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles

Since its founding, Emerge California has recruited and trained over 300 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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