April 21, 2018
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Training organization for Dem. women announces wins for its alumnae

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

STATEWIDE, Maine — Emerge Maine, an organization that trains Democratic women to run for public office, announced that 14 of its alumnae and five of its advisory board members won races for statewide, county and municipal office on Nov. 6.

Prevailing in their races were State Reps. Erin Herbig of Belfast, Anne Graham of North Yarmouth, Bobbie Beavers of South Berwick and Diane Russell of Portland, all of whom were re-elected. Sara Gideon of Freeport, Mattie Daughtry of Brunswick, Lizzie Dickerson of Rockland, Katherine Cassidy of Machias and Lisa Villa of Harrison will head to Augusta for the first time.

Still too close to call is the race involving Emerge Maine alumna Rachel Sukeforth who ran for the state house in Litchfield, District 80.

Emerge Maine advisory board members State Reps. Peggy Rotondo of Lewiston, Terry Hayes of Buckfield and Sharon Treat of Hallowell won re-election bids.

Emerge Maine alumna State Rep. Maeghan Maloney will be the new district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties. Alumnae Jenna Vendil won re-election bid to the Portland school board, Shelby Wright was re-elected to the Hampden town council, Robin Dayton was re-elected to the Old Orchard Beach town council and Melanie Sachs, a member of the current Emerge Maine class, was elected to the town council in Freeport.

Emerge Maine advisory board members who won their races are Rep. Chellie Pingree, re-elected to another term from Maine’s 1st district, and State Rep. Emily Cain, elected to her first term in the state senate.

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