Atlanta, GA—Emerge Georgia, the state’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced it has 17 women on the ballot this November in races across the ballot including legislative, statewide, and federal offices. This follows a successful primary season for the organization which celebrated a 62% win rate in May. The Emerge alums who go on to win their races in November will serve their communities in office, providing new experiences, voices and representation to their constituents.
Emerge alums on the ballot share unique backgrounds and identities that will bring much needed perspectives to elected offices in Georgia. 12 are members of the New American Majority–Black, Brown and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women–six are first time candidates, and two are looking to hold statewide office. Many of these women are also running as trailblazers, such as Nakita Hemingway who would be the first Black woman elected to a statewide position in Georgia and Ruwa Romman who would be the first Muslim woman to serve in Georgia’s state House if elected. Emerge alums across Georgia are at the frontlines of repowering political structures and bringing parity to office.
“After a groundbreaking primary season, Emerge alums are ready to hit the campaign trail in Georgia and continue their success on the ballot in November,” said Maggie Chambers, executive director of Emerge Georgia. “These 17 women will flip seats from red to blue, compete in some of the most important elections in the country, and provide powerful new representation in office. As we look to grow Democratic power in Georgia this year, Emerge alums and their success will be essential in making it happen. Good luck to all of our alums on the ballot this November and we look forward to seeing you out on the campaign trail and in office.”
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Emerge Georgia has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2019, the program has equipped 47 women with the skills needed to bring change to their communities. The organization has had 12 alums go on to run for office and win including Lucy McBath, Jen Jordan, and Nicole Hendrickson.
Nationally, Emerge has trained more than 5,000 alums since 2002 and currently has more than 1,000 alums in elected office across the country. The organization is committed to reaching 100,000 women of the New American Majority over the next 15 years, fostering a lift as you climb culture for women in politics, and repowering political structures. There are currently 27 state affiliates, and the organization has impacted a total of 45 states, Washington, D.C. and territories. Emerge is committed to reaching 100,000 women of the New American Majority, repowering political structures, and fostering a lift as you climb culture for women in politics during the next 15 years.
For more information, please visit ga.emergeamerica.org.