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New Jersey Politics: 14 Emerge New Jersey Women on the Ballot in November


Trenton, New Jersey—Emerge New Jersey, the state’s premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, announced it has 14 women on the ballot this November in races from school board to county commissioner and more. This follows a successful primary season for the organization which celebrated a historic 100% win rate in June. 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. Screen Shot 2022-02-18 at 12.08.55

Emerge alums on the ballot share unique backgrounds and identities that will bring much needed perspectives to elected offices in New Jersey. Nine are members of the New American Majority–Black, Brown and Indigenous women and women of color, as well as LGBTQ+, young, and unmarried women– and nine are first time candidates. Many of these women are also running as trailblazers, such as Asmeret Ghebremicael who, if elected, would be the first Ethiopian/Eritrean elected official in New Jersey. Emerge alums across New Jersey 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 New Jersey and continue their success on the ballot in November,” said Geri Jannarone, executive director of Emerge New Jersey. “These 15 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 change the faces of politics, literally, in New Jersey this year, Emerge alums and their success will be essential inmaking 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.”

Emerge New Jersey has a proven track record for getting Democratic women elected. Since the organization launched in 2013, the program trained over 115 women to run for office, most of whom have gone on to run for political office or have been appointed to local boards or commissions. Of those who have gone on to run for an elected position, many have won, including Assemblywomen Britnee Timberlake and Sadaf Jaffer, as well asMayors Dahlia Vertreese and Nicole Gillespie.

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.

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