Emerge Kentucky Accepting Applications for 2017 Candidate Training Program


 Emerge Kentucky Accepting Applications for 2017 Candidate Training Program  ____________________________________________________________________________

Organization Recruits and Trains Women for Elected Office


Louisville, Ky.- This is already an historic year for women, with the first woman ever to be nominated for president from a major political party. But, our work is not over.  While Hillary Clinton sits at the top of the ticket, Emerge Kentucky is training female leaders here in the Commonwealth to continue to break the glass ceiling. Emerge Kentucky, the state’s premier candidate-training program for women, will accept applications for its 2017 class until Nov. 1, 2016.

Emerge Kentucky is an affiliate of Emerge America, which is training the next generation of female Democratic leaders across the country. Up to 25 women will be selected to participate in the 2017 class that begins in January 2017. Emerge Kentucky’s curriculum includes training in public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, field operations, labor and endorsements, networking, media skills and messaging and ethics in politics.  Participants meet monthly for six months. The statewide program will host seven monthly training sessions at various locations around Kentucky.

 "Emerge Kentucky prepares women to face any challenge as a candidate by giving them the tools they need to win and the network of support both during and after the campaign.  Emerge is changing the face of Kentucky politics.  Apply today and join the movement," states Jennifer A. Moore, founder and board chair. 

Emerge Kentucky’s goal is to increase the number of women in elected office at all levels. Kentucky currently ranks 43rd among state legislatures for female representation. The General Assembly is less than 20 percent women, and Kentucky has elected only five women to statewide office in over 30 years. 

Emerge Kentucky has trained 140 women since its founding in 2009. Alumnae include current elected officials such as Louisville Metro Council Member Cindy Fowler, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council member Angela Evans, and state Representative Rita Smart (81st district).   There are 23 Emerge Kentucky alumnae on this year’s ballot including U.S. Congressional candidate (6th District) Nancy Jo Kemper, KY House of Rep. candidate McKenzie Cantrell (38th District), KY State Senate candidate Janice Odom (21st District), and KY House of Rep. candidate Joy Gray (7th District).  See attached for a complete list of the 23 candidates on this year’s ballot.  For a complete listing of Emerge Kentucky alumnae please visit www.emergeky.org.

The deadline is Nov. 1, 2016 and the application is available by contacting Emerge Kentucky at www.Emergeky.org or e-mail:  contact@emergeky.org. For more information, contact Emerge Kentucky Alumnae Relations Manager Alexis Hebert.


Emerge Kentucky offers Democratic women leaders the opportunity for top-notch candidate training and mentoring, giving women the skills, confidence, and network to run effective and successful campaigns.  Emerge Kentucky’s curriculum includes training in public speaking, fundraising, campaign strategy, field operations, labor and endorsements, networking, media skills, messaging, and ethics in politics.  Participants complete seven sessions over a six-month period.   

Emerge Kentucky’s Advisory Board includes the following members:  former Governor Martha Layne Collins, former Auditor Crit Luallen, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, First Lady Jane Beshear, Senator Denise Harper Angel, Senator Robin Webb, Reps. Leslie Combs, Kelly Flood, Joni Jenkins, Martha Jane King, Mary Lou Marzian, Sannie Overly, Ruth Ann Palumbo, Rita Smart, and Susan Westrom, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, Hon. Linda Belcher, Audrey Haynes, Ashley Judd, Carolyn Belcher, Jennifer Chandler, Hon. Teresa Isaac, Hon. Eleanor Jordan, Hon. Pam Miller, Leah McCormick-Adkins, Lillian Press, Hon. Kathy Stein, Mary Karen Stumbo, Dottie Sims, Lois Combs Weinberg, Linda Breathitt, and Virginia Woodward.

Board members from across Kentucky include:  Jennifer A. Moore, Susanna French, Linda Cowan, Heather Dearing, Lori Flanery, Rene Heinrich, Penny Hendy, Priscilla Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Lindy Karns, Caitlin Lally, Linda Marquette, Carole Register, Wanda Mitchell-Smith, and Mary Ellen Wiederwohl.


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Emerge KY Alums on 2016 Ballot

Nancy Jo Kemper

Congress – 6th District



Janice Odom

State Senate – 21st District

Powell, Bath, Estill & Jackson Counties


Tobie Brown

State House – 55th District

Mercer, Jessamine, & Washington Counties


McKenzie Cantrell

State House – 38th District



Joy Gray

State House – 7th District

Union, Daviess, & Henderson Counties


Cyndi Powell-Skellie

State House – 58th District

Shelby County


Rep-Elect Attica Scott

State House – District 41



Pam Sigler

State House – 45th District



Rep. Rita Smart

State House – 81st District

Madison County


Maria Sorolis

State House – 48th District



Hon. Deanna Henschel


McCracken Co.


Kathryn Thomas


Barren & Metcalf Counties


Julia Gordon

Family Court Judge

Daviess Co.


Brandi Harless




Hon. Beverly Chester-Burton

City Council



Morgan Eaves

 City Commission



Sarah Stewart-Holland

City Commission



Hon. Angela Evans

City Council



Hon. Cindy Fowler

City Council



Kathy Plomin

City Council



Michelle Williams

City Council



Tiffany Carlson

School Board

Marshall Co.


Julie Smith-Morrow

School Board



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