FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2016
CONTACT: Marla Turner
Emerge Nevada Alumnae Win Big on Election Night
Las Vegas, NV - Graduates of Emerge Nevada the state’s premier organization for recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office, delivered some big wins in Tuesday’s election. Nine of our organization’s graduates were on the ballot and eight won their races. All seven of our candidates (100%) running for State Legislature won their election, helping return Democratic majority to both houses. Their victories mark a major step forward towards the organization’s goal of seeing more Democratic women elected to political office at all levels of government.
“These women are proof positive that more women will run for office if we encourage them and give them the training they need to succeed,” said Marla Turner, President of Emerge Nevada. “When women run for public office they bring fresh new perspectives to the political arena, highlight issues that are often sidelined in male-dominated elections and underscore the need for more diversity at all levels of government. Everyone benefits when more women decide to lead.”
The Emerge Nevada alumnae who won on Tuesday are:
· Irene Bustamante Adams, State Assembly, District 42, Class of 2010
· Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, State Assembly, District 34, Class of 2007
· Jenny Brehkus, Reno City Council Ward 1, Class of 2007
· Nicole Cannizzaro, State Senate, District 6, Class of 2015
· Lesley Cohen, State Assembly, District 29, Class of 2014
· Daniele Monroe-Moreno, State Assembly, District 1, Class of 2008
· Julia Ratti, State Senate, District 13, Class of 2008
· Ellen Spiegel, State Assembly, District 20, Class of 2007
“Emerge Nevada’s training program is equipping our graduates with the skills they need to launch their campaigns for public office and win,” said Clark County Commissioner and Emerge Nevada Advisory Council Member Chris Giunchigliani. “Emerge alumnae ran strong races in some of the most competitive elections in the state. Their organization is training the political leaders of tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what these exceptional women accomplish in their public service careers.”
Nevada desperately needs the voices that Emerge’s alumnae bring to government. Women make up a mere 30% of the Nevada state legislature. Until Tuesday, there were only four women out of twenty one members in the State Senate and fifteen women out of forty two members in the State Assembly. What’s more, Nevada had only one woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and no women U.S. Senators – until now.
Emerge Nevada’s work is moving the dial on women’s representation in government. Since the organization launched in 2006, the program has equipped 149 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. More than 50% of our alumnae have gone on to run for political office or been appointed to local boards or commissions, and of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, 73% have won. Emerge Nevada’s commitment to diversity also means that the women selected for the program come from a multitude of different backgrounds and all walks of life. In fact, more than half of the program’s graduates are women of color.
For information on Emerge Nevada or to learn how to apply for our training program, please visit www.emergenv.org. Applications for the Class of 2017 open on November 14, 2016.