Emerge Wisconsin, the program that has trained 100 Democratic women to run for office, issued a press release yesterday announcing that twenty-seven alumnae of the Emerge program are running for elected office this fall, with twenty-two of those alumnae running for State Assembly.

“Twenty-two Emerge Wisconsin Alumnae running for State Assembly is a great testament of how our program successfully prepares Democratic women to run for office. The actions by Scott Walker and his administration have motivated Democratic women across the state to step up and run. We can’t wait to see our alumnae take office and help change the conversation in the State Assembly.” Wendy Strout, Emerge Wisconsin Executive Director.

Here’s a list of the Emerge Wisconsin alumna running for the State Assembly this fall:

Mary Arnold Class of 2012 Candidate for 37th AD
Carol Beals Class of 2010 Candidate for 49th AD
Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber Class of 2007 Candidate for 57th AD
Rep. Jill Billings Class of 2011 Candidate for 95th AD
Mildred Coby Class of 2011 Candidate for 10th AD
Amanda Hall Class of 2011 Candidate for 47th AD
Dianne Hesselbein Class of 2009 Candidate for 79th AD
La Tonya Johnson Class of 2012 Candidate for 17th AD
Diana Lawrence Class of 2012 Candidate for 56th AD
Melissa Lemke Class of 2011 Candidate for 62nd AD
Ellen Lindgren Class of 2010 Candidate for 79th AD
Maureen May-Grimm Class of 2012 Candidate for 51st AD
Diane Odeen Class of 2012 Candidate for 30th AD
Kim Peterson Class of 2012 Candidate for 32nd AD
Melissa Sargent Class of 2012 Candidate for 48th AD
Sarah Ann Shanahan Class of 2010 Candidate for 50th AD
Judy Smriga Class of 2011 Candidate for 68th AD
Melissa Sorenson Class of 2011 Candidate for 41st AD
Joanne Staudacher Class of 2012 Candidate for 53rd AD
LaShawndra Vernon Class of 2010 Candidate for 18th AD
Mandy Wright Class of 2012 Candidate for 85th AD
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Class of 2010 Candidate for 8th AD


Launched in 2007, Emerge was founded to create a legion of Democratic women leaders for generations to come. Emerge is the only organization in Wisconsin that provides Democratic women with the comprehensive training they need to achieve their political aspirations. If you know a woman you think would make a great elected official but who could use some help, you should refer them to Emerge Wisconsin.

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One Response to 22 Emerge Wisconsin alumnae running for State Assembly this year!

  1. Tracey says:

    I am very proud of all these Emerge women!

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