From my email inbox comes news of the latest group of women to complete the Emerge Wisconsin training program.

MADISON, WI: This past Sunday, twenty-one women completed the Emerge Wisconsin training program and stepped out armed for success as future candidates. The graduation ceremony, held at a private residence in Madison, featured a keynote address from Emerge Advisor Peg Lautenschlager, the first women elected as Wisconsin Attorney General.

The Emerge Wisconsin Class of 2014 are:
Adrienne Oliver (Milwaukee)
Ann DeGarmo (Madison)
Anne Molineu (West Bend)
Anne Arndt (Wisconsin Rapids)
Arvina Martin (Madison)
Cecilia Anguiano (Racine)
Emily Palmer (Wauwatosa)
Jacki Gackstatter (Janesville)
Jackie Moore (Ashland)
Julia McNally (Grafton)
Katherine Svitavsky (La Crosse)
Kira Stewart (Madison)
Leanne Wied (Brookfield)
Luz Sosa (Milwaukee)
Peggy Jerome (La Crosse)
Rebecca Ruechel (St. Francis)
Rellen Hardtke (River Falls)
Sharon Hampson (La Crosse)
Shelia Stubbs (Madison)
Wendellyn Stallings (Sussex)
Zonia Lopez Chrostowski (Milwaukee)

“The Class of 2014 is truly a hallmark of the diversity we strive for. I am enthusiastic about the range of offices they plan to pursue and the statewide impact they will have one day.” Wendy Strout, Executive Director.

Emerge Wisconsin Board Chair, Paula Zellner, added, “I commend all the graduates; not only are they leaders and contributors to the democratic process, but they set an example for women across the state. I am proud of the leadership of the Emerge WI Board of Directors and we congratulate all our program participants for their commitment and dedication to representative government at all levels.”

In addition to the group of 21 women who recently finished Emerge Wisconsin’s latest training program, Emerge Wisconsin hit a bit of milestone this year, as Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund, who’s challenging “Struggling” Sean Duffy in the 7th Congressional district, is the first Emerge Wisconsin graduate to run for federal office.

I can attest to what a great program Emerge Wisconsin is, and if you’re a woman interested in a future run for office – or if you know a woman who’d be a great candidate – please consider applying for Emerge Wisconsin’s training program.

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