Press Release

Emerge Maine matriculates eighth class, announces members of Class of 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — This weekend, 22 women will begin Emerge Maine’s intensive six-month political training program. They will receive comprehensive campaign training in a variety of topics from messaging and public speaking to fundraising and networking.

“This year’s class is a fantastic group of women who come from all over Maine, from South Portland to the St. John Valley,” said Interim Executive Director Shannara Gillman. “They are committed, energized, and eager to run.”

Emerge Maine recruits, trains, and inspires Democratic women to run for political office. Emerge Maine is one of 14 state Emerge programs across the country. Emerge is committed to increasing the number of Democratic women in office, building a strong network of dedicated women leaders, and creating a pipeline of Democratic candidates at all levels of government.

 “I’ve been involved with Emerge Maine for the past five years and have loved every moment,” said Denise Tepler, an alumna from the Class of 2008 and the president of the Emerge Maine Board, in a press release. “Emerge women are go-getters, and I look forward to seeing what this class will accomplish.”

 The Class of 2014 is Emerge Maine’s eighth cohort. There are 120 Emerge Maine alumnae, 51 of whom serve in elected or appointed office or work as political or campaign staffers. Emerge Maine alumnae make up 10 percent of the House Democratic Caucus.

 “I’m often asked, why Emerge? Is Emerge still needed?” said Gillman. “In Maine, fewer than 30 percent of our legislators are women, we’ve never had a woman governor, and women need to be asked to run for office an average of seven times before they do.”

 The first training will be Sept. 21 and 22 in Portland.

Members of the Emerge Maine Class of 2014:

Veronica Bates of Westbrook

Tracy Eames of Portland

Kate Elmes of Woolwich

Trudy Ferland of Pittsfield

Stephanie Hatzenbuehler of Portland

Danna Hayes of Brunswick

Shelia Jans of Madawaska

Erika Renae Keith of Portland

Maureen McKerns of Trenton

Deena Metzler of South Portland

Isabel Mullin of Portland

Kate O’Brien of Portland

Callie Pecunies of Albany Township

Christina Reinhard of Brunswick

Robin Russel of Hermon

Jackie Sartoris of Brunswick

Heather Shields of Yarmouth

Stefanie Veneziano of South Portland

Kate VerSluis of Sabattus

Patricia Washburn of Portland

Charity West of Portland

Maryann White of Gardiner

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