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Emerge Kentucky announces 30 participants for 2018 training class, the largest in organization’s history

Emerge Kentucky, a non-profit organization that has recruited and trained over 165 Democratic women to run for public office since 2010, has announced the participants for its 2018 training program.

Thirty Democratic women from across the Commonwealth will acquire 70 hours of candidate training over the next six months to prepare them to run effective and winning campaigns for local, state, and federal office.

“Kentucky’s low ranking of 42nd in the country in the number of women in office will soon come to an end. These 30 women — Emerge’s largest class — are stepping up to serve their communities at a critical moment in time. 2018 is the real year of the woman,” states Jennifer A. Moore, founder and board chair.

The class of 2018 will join the ranks of the powerful Emerge KY network that already includes 26 alumnae in elected office and over 50 alumnae planning to run this cycle.

This year’s class includes the following 30 women from across the Commonwealth:

Colleen Abate, Louisville
Dana Beasley Brown, Bowling Green
Joanne Bland, Elizabethtown
Cassie Chambers, Louisville
Rhonda Childers, Estill Co.
Brittany Corde, Maysville
Velvet Dowdy, Henderson
LaToya Drake, Glasgow
Martha Emmons, Paducah
Karen Faulkner, Louisville
Charlotte Goddard, Graves Co.
Kelsey Hayes, Louisville
Vonnie Hays Adams, Calloway Co.
Sheila Hill, Hebron
Lisa Johnson, Versailles
Raeshanda Johnson, Louisville
Laura Landenwich, Louisville
Donielle Lovell, Elizabethtown
Heather Moore, Ashland
Shambra Mulder, Lexington
Ashley Nash, Louisville
Terry Owens, Hardin Co.
Josie Raymond, Louisville
Liz Sheehan, Lexington
Jeanie Smith, Warren Co.
Julia Springsteen, Elizabethtown
Gerina Weathers, Louisville
Allee Whicker Combs, Richmond
Laura White Brown, Morehead
Sherry Whitehouse, Bullitt Co.

Emerge Kentucky is a candidate training program for Democratic women, working to inspire women to run and developing the skills to win in an effort to increase the number of Democratic women in public office.

From Emerge Kentucky

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